The Definition of Dystopia

Based on my past experiences with different media types, a dystopia is a societal design characterized by a disturbing and unjust experience for its inhabitants.

The term dystopia was used to describe literature and films that encompassed a society with unlivable conditions. In this society, the inhabitants are stripped of their freedoms and rights. This makes a world of extreme conditions that can make life disturbing for an individual. The unjust aspect comes from various factors like an oppressive government, restricted rights, and an overall cruel and brutal world. In the dystopian considered texts, “The Hunger Games”, “Lord of the Flies”, and “Parable of the Sower”, a common dystopian theme of civil unjust in a broken down society. There are often times when individuals survive in severe environments that are usually not able to be lived in.

In “The Hunger Games”, the world contains a totalitarian dictatorship. Through this series of texts, there are children that are forced to participate in a fight to the death. It depicts a society that is divided by violence and class. This is disturbing to its inhabitants and creates unjust conditions.

In “The Lord of the Flies”, there are individuals who are stranded on an island. These individuals then go through a societal structure that no leadership and turns into a barbaric and violent place. They turn to their primal instincts and make their society unlivable. Therefore, it is considered a dystopia.

The “Parable of the Sower” showcases a dystopian population that is set in an American economic collapse. This causes the people to create a civilization full of chaos. This more furthers the connection with the dystopian ideals that are represented throughout all three of these texts. No matter which society you choose, they all have the same concept of a disturbing and unjust life for the people living in it.

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