Semester Recap: Progress and Humility

Over the course of the semester, my sense of competence in critically analyzing fictional texts and films, my critical thinking skills, and my ability to exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems has improved. As far as critically analyzing fictional texts and films, this class has Continue reading

Dystopian Divergent

Divergent is a film about a 16-year-old named Beatrice Prior who lives in a dystopian version of Chicago. Their society is broken into five factions: Erudite, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Candor. Beatrice, along with all other 16-year-olds in their society take a test to see which faction they will spend Continue reading

Is Xavier University a Dystopia?

To a certain extent, I do believe that University is a dystopian society: the school system and the school itself. The part of the definition of a dystopian society that stands out to me the most is that the people live “depressingly wretched lives under some form of oppression.” The Continue reading

Kill or Be Killed: ‘The Purge’ Critique

The Purge is a dystopian horror film where the federal government has allowed all violence to be legal for 24 hours out of the year. The plot consists of a family who attempts to avoid crime and violence by staying in their house the whole time but violence later finds Continue reading

Critical Thinking Skills

I believe that my sense of competence with critically analyzing fictional texts and films is adequate. Through high school AP classes and previous college courses, I have a lot of experience with analyzing texts of all genres. I have always been a reader and enjoy analyzing what I have read Continue reading

Dystopia Defined

“An imaginary or real place whose people may lead a restricted and oppressive existence under some form of authority” is the definition that the class left off with on Thursday. I find it interesting how we deviated so much from the original definition: “an imaginary place which is depressingly wretched Continue reading

Social Groups and Activism

Five faces of oppression by Iris Young is a well-written, multi-perspective article about the history and modern-day effects of oppression in the United States. Young begins to state the definition of oppression and who are the receiving groups of these issues. She makes it a point in her article to Continue reading