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While such a character would more clearly understand the nature of the society, based on comparison to his society, the knowledge of the outside culture subverts the power of the dystopia. Thus, the role of dystopia in literary works is to educate and give awareness to the audience. The Hero Unlike utopian fiction, which often features an outsider to have the world shown to him, dystopias seldom feature an outsider as the protagonist. Even in dystopias where the economic system is not the source of the society's flaws, as in Brave New World, the state often controls the economy.

In Brave New World, a character, reacting with horror to the suggestion of not being part of the social body, cites as a reason that everyone works for everyone else. Encyclopedia of Utopian Literature. Dystopian literature shows us a nightmarish image about what might happen to the world in the near future.

This concept is brought to life in Scott Westerfeld's novel Uglies. However, they share numerous concerns and characteristics.

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Though Capitol itself might appear utopian, due to an excessive availability of opulent consumer goods, its abundance of riches comes at the expense of the remote Districts. The protagonist making a mistake that usually brings about the end of a rebel society, usually living where people think is a legend. In Nineteen Eighty-Four, the Inner Party, the upper class of society, also has a standard of living lower than the upper classes of today.

There are dystopias of the political left and right, religious and atheistic, futuristic or allegoristic. Inner party members live a life of luxury, while outer members live in dirty apartments. This is common in the genre of cyberpunk, such as in Blade Runner and Snow Crash, which often features corrupt and all-powerful corporations, often a megacorporation. In order to emphasize the degeneration of society, the standard of living among the lower and middle classes is generally poorer than in contemporary society at least in United States or Europe. Zamyatin, Yevgeny, and Clarence Brown, trans.

Usually the main themes of dystopian works are rebellion, oppression, revolutions, wars, overpopulation, and disasters. External links Definition of dystopia Credits New World Encyclopedia writers and editors rewrote and completed the Wikipedia article in accordance with New World Encyclopedia standards. Even more than religion, family is attacked by dystopian societies. Explorations in Utopian and Dystopian Fiction. In some cases the hero manages to overthrow the dystopia by motivating the previously apathetic populace.

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Function of Dystopia Through dystopia, authors express their concerns about issues of humanity and society, and warn the people about their weaknesses. That is, the narrative may deal with individuals in a dystopian society who are unsatisfied, and may rebel, but ultimately fail to change anything. Credit is due under the terms of this license that can reference both the New World Encyclopedia contributors and the selfless volunteer contributors of the Wikimedia Foundation. The main character accidentally brings the government into the secret settlement of the Smoke.