Post-Production Note

After reflecting on my pre-production note and all the progress I’ve made throughout the course of this class, practice with analyzing works has played a large part in improving my ability to critically analyze fictional texts, films, and contemporary events as they relate to dystopic elements. After clearly defining “dystopia” Continue reading

Dystopia in The Matrix

In the 1999 film, The Matrix, the birth artificial intelligence led to the downfall of the human race. In efforts to stop technology from taking over, humans manipulated the skies to prevent it from getting any more solar power. The technology found a new source of power, using human bodies Continue reading

Not So Imaginary Dystopia

Dystopias have been regarded as imaginary in class discussions. If we think about the way that imagination has been proposed to work, these imaginary societies are just combinations of elements from the real world. Many dystopic situations throughout history, combined with some very pessimistic thinking about life, may have given Continue reading


In a society where the government has sanctioned a yearly night of anarchy titled, The Purge, citizens are supposed to rid themselves of built-up aggression and anger from throughout the year and experience a night without restraints of any laws or social norms tieing them down. For the rich and Continue reading

Intellectual Self-reflection

As a student, I mentally avoid classes that do a lot of reading and writing because I have historically struggled with critically analyzing fictional texts and films. I have a hard time thinking of real-life examples or relations to the materials I am analyzing. It is very easy for me Continue reading

Circle of Dystopia

Through collaborative discussion in class, we ended with defining a dystopia as “an imaginary or real place whose people may lead a restricted and oppressive existence under some form of authority.” Although this definition is inclusive of those societies that are both created from human thought or reality for some Continue reading

Blurred Bodies of Oppression

In Irish Young’s Five Faces of Oppression, she lays out five major components of oppression that may be used singularly or in any combination to oppress a group of people: exploitation, marginalization, powerlessness, cultural imperialism and violence. To put things in context, Young starts out by explaining the point that Continue reading