Dystopian Fiction: What’s the Point?

As we have discussed in class, both Fahrenheit 451 and Animal Farm are dystopian novels.

  • What is the point of reading about dystopias?
  • To what extent did Orwell or Bradbury predict the future?
  • Do you see any parallels between either of the books and life in the world today?

Answer any one or more of these questions using specific examples to support your ideas.  Although we may have begun discussing this in class, we usually run out of time.  Pick up where we left off OR add new ideas.

Once you have posted your idea using your first name and last initial, read the responses posted by your peers. Reply thoughtfully to at least one other peer.  What did you learn from his/her response?  Compliment strong points made, ask questions, make connections, and build on the ideas shared.  If you disagree, remember to do so thoughtfully and with evidence to back up your opinion. Remember to criticize IDEAS and not people.

7 Responses to Dystopian Fiction: What’s the Point?

  1. Sofia K says:

    The point of reading about dystopias is to show the reader how that dystopia has similarities to the real world. Bradbury predicted that humans would burn books and be attached to watching tv. This relates to the current world because people are glued to their phones and other electronics. Orwell predicted that a utopian state cannot exist because of people wanting absolute power. His prediction came true when the Soviet Union which was suppose to be a utopia dissolved in 1991. I see parallels in today’s world with Fahrenheit 451 because people are now obsessed with social media and impressing their followers. This relates to Mildred because she is obsessed with watching tv and is attached to the family in the soap opera.

    • Alyanna D says:

      I agree with your point about how Bradbury predicted that people would be obsessed with technology. Your connection between Orwell and his prediction about perfect utopias being nonexistent is clever because there’s also been other times where people have failed at enforcing equality. For instance, there’s North Korea with its harsh communist ideology, as well as the lesson of oppressing individuality in “Harrison Bergeron”.

  2. Ryan G says:

    The point of dystopias in books is to show the flaws that the real world may contain. Ray Bradbury predicted that we would be addicted to technology and the rate of reading would go down. Orwell predicted that having a flawless society wouldn’t work because people compete for the most power possible.His prediction became a reality when the Soviet Union. People now are obsessed with technology and people care about followers more than actual friends.

    • Zachary S. says:

      I most definitely agree with this. He predicted the societal need for technology and shortened attention spans which is very interesting. To build on your point, not only the Soviet Union has become a parallel to Bradbury’s dystopian society. There are so many other instances after the book was written that are very similar in terms of governmental action to the novel. There has also been countless wars and unnecessary violences which was famously predicted by the novel.

  3. Alyanna Depalma says:

    Dystopian books are written to open the reader’s eyes to a future where people are miserable and suffering because of a detrimental mistake society could make. Bradbury predicted that people would abuse technology and censor anything that is problematic or offensive. Even in the world today, books such as “To Kill A Mockingbird” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” are being banned in some schools because it uses strong language and contains themes that are difficult to process.

  4. Zachary S. says:

    It is extremely important to read about dystopian societies. The main purpose of reading about them is so that we can identify them and prevent them from happening in our lifetimes. Today, there are many dystopias like North Korean society. Leaders feed citizens propaganda in order for them to think that their way of life is impeccable and there are no problems in their lives. Many people today recognize this and attempt to make change. I see parallels from Fahrenheit 451 and the North Korean government in that both regimes focus on limiting and distorting public knowledge in hopes of controlling society from standing up to their oppression.

  5. Maya N says:

    -It is important to read about dystopia because it shows the readers about the future if there is ever destruction or suffering going in on in society.
    -Bradbury predicted that our society would advance and our people would become materialistic,Orwell predicted that power will always corrupt a leader and there is no way out of that cycle.
    – I do see some parallels between both books today in our society. Bradbury showed that as technology advanced more people started to become less dependent on themselves and focused more on how people saw them. Orwell showed how having one leader could cause damage to an entire nation, this could be seen throughout certain events in history.

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