Dystopian Literature and Plot

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Last updated: May 16, 2019
Dystopia
an imaginary futuristic world in which society lives under oppression and control of a totalitorian government, a repressive society, a force of technology, or a corrupt business corporation.

Utopia
The illusion of a perfect society

What was one of the earliest dystopian novels?
The Time Machine

Two classic novels between 1930 and 1980
Brave New World, Anthem

Why do you think dystopian literature has been so common throughout history?
people will always be unhappy with government, commentary on what is going on in the world

What novel seemingly opened the floodgates for young-adult dystopian literature?
The Giver

Name four of the young-adult dystopian novels published since the year 2000.
Hunger Games Series, Divergent Series, Maze Runner, Matched series

Why do YOU think dystopian literature is such a popular trend among today’s young adults?
Possible thoughts: action/adventure is appealing, main characters are often teens, main characters are rebelling against authority, which is appealing to teens

Summarize at least two of the common story elements shared by most dystopian stories:
Main character questions goodness of societyCitizens live under harsh control

What are the two most common ways dystopias are created in stories?
New gov’t forms or gives power to a corporation, technology, or belief.Apocalyptic event destroys society and people have to adapt.

Why do YOU think the fictional survivors of an apocalypse always seem to end up creating dystopian societies?
because they want to give people the same experience

plot
the organized pattern or sequence of events that make up a story

Rising action
A series of conflicts in a literary plot that builds towards a point of great suspense

falling action
occurs after the climax and conflict has been resolved

climax
the turning point of the story; the highest point of intensity and drama

conflict
discord of action, feeling, or effect; antagonism or opposition, as of interests or principles

resolution
the final closing and clarification of a drama or narrative plot

exposition
a comprehensive description and explanation of an idea or theory.

plot diagram
plot diagram

Name at least four of the common themes in dystopian literature:
Danger of a particular type of governmentImportance of knowledge or truthDanger of a policyDanger of allowing one group too much power

Why does the way in which a fictional dystopia was created affect the possible themes of the story?Why does the way in which a fictional dystopia was created affect the possible themes of the story?
it affects the themes of the story because when government is corrupt or there is a similair situation it overtakes the whole plot.

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