Based on my experiences with books, films, and reality, dystopia can be described as oppressive. I don’t agree completely with the definition given by Merriam-Webster because in reality there are already dystopian aspects already put into modern day play. Therefore dystopia is REAL or IMAGINED. There are countries with restrictions on how many children each family can have. Similar to the Netflix original film “What Happened To Monday” and the novel “The Giver” by Lois Lowry. The dystopian aspects in reality isn’t talked about, but let it happen in a movie or a tv show, it’ll be talked about on social media for weeks.
A dystopia is a system/society designed to keep wealthy people in high places and poor people in low income communities struggling to get by. We live in a dystopia, we’re just taught to think otherwise. Brainwashed by the media and the government to think we’re living good compared to other countries. “Land of the free…”, slavery to me is a dystopian reality because slaves were unhappy, treated poorly and feared for their lives everyday. There were restrictions on everything and history repeats itself. When it reoccurs, even in a different way, the reality will be hidden or disguised to look like something else.