Dystopia is defined as” A futuristic, imagined universe where the illusion of a perfect society is maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral, or totalitarian control.”
For example, in the book, The Handmaid’s Tale”, women are not allowed to own property or hold jobs in the early days of the regime. In The Giver, dreams are suppressed through medication. The elderly of the family makes decisions that are best for the community. In both of these sources, there are rules that express powerlessness, which is a five-face of oppression, a main aspect of dystopia features. Powerlessness is a theory of socialism where some people have power and others don’t have power. An individual may feel powerless when they are treated as an incompetent. Characteristics of these include lack of control, fragility, and perception of one’s behavior.