How do you define dystopia?

A dystopia is a fictional society that is distinguished by repressive government control, social unrest, and restricted individual liberty.

The majority of the books and movies that come to me when I think of the word “dystopia” are those that show a world in which the central government exercises total authority over its populace and frequently resorts to coercion and intimidation in order to keep its grip on power. In the novel “The Maze Runner,” the government puts a group of young men through a series of grueling trials in the hope that one of them would provide the key to preventing a devastating catastrophe known as the “Flare.” In the television series “Z Nation,” an epidemic of zombies has resulted in the establishment of a totalitarian society that views the survivors as a means to an end. In the novel “The Giver,” society is governed by an authoritative group that stifles individuality and emotional expression. In the book series “The Hunger Games,” the government of the Capitol exerts its authority over the twelve districts by means of a bloody, yearly competition known as “The Hunger Games.” In the book series “Divergent,” society is divided into factions based on virtues, and members of society who do not fit into one of the factions are eliminated. In each of these scenarios, the protagonists go forth against a government that is determined to exert control over every facet of their lives. As a result, there is very little room for individual liberty or autonomy.

In a nutshell, the concept of dystopia refers to the depiction of a society that is the polar opposite of utopia. Totalitarianism, deprivation, pain, oppression, and a lack of freedom are the defining characteristics of this civilization. It is a manifestation of the worst qualities that can be found in people and in society. The dystopia is meant to serve as a cautionary tale, warning us of the dangers that would accompany allowing these elements to seize control of our society. It is a fable that should act as a warning to us about the significance of preserving our humanity, freedom, and democracy.

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    I would honestly define dystopia as an imaginary place of great reality dealing with great suffering and injustice due to totalitarianism. The two good examples of a dystopia are The Hunger Games and The Brave World.  SpongeBob SquarePants would be the third example of being a dystopia as well because the Bikini Bottom is an imaginary world that portrays earth for the sea creature in a unique way.SpongeBob SquarePants is made as a cartoon created by Stephen Hillsburg sea creatures coming to life, but also their version based on realistic things and places just like on earth and also how the sea creatures also live their reality based on how the way they live their life vs how they are being portrayed in society, which is in Bikini Bottom by other sea creatures as well based on the way their reality is dictated from how society portrays them and affect their lifestyle. For instance, SpongeBob SquarePants himself since he was a baby was loved by his parents, but when it came to his early to late childhood his reality and lifestyle truly changed dealing with him having trouble growing up and adjusting in his life. Another movie that is a good example is the Walking Dead that takes place in Atlanta, Georgia,dealing with several people being in society that will represent the survivors or some turning into a zombie from being defeated by one and also the zombie’s  is in the cemetery and the reality being portrayed as dark dealing with the zombies overpowering the humans and turning the humans that are affected into zombies, which shows superiority with zombies ruling, which also proves how dystopia can also represent injustice due to totalitarianism, dealing with power being given to the superior, that overpowers the minor population. Therefore, this is my definition of dystopia and how it can be a bad thing, dealing with great suffering and injustice being shown to the minority of the population, due to those who have more power and authority having the power to create their own system and rule in their society. That is how that will indeed serve as great injustice to the minority, due to high control because even though there is high regulation and control, those laws can interfere, dealing with  the freedom that minority of the population in the dystopia have. 

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