Throughout the semester thus far, we have examined many short stories and novels that all seem to have a common theme of “sameness” throughout a society. This concept is something that is portrayed often in dystopian literature. It involves a future society in which technology is used by the “government,” or the people in charge, to improve the everyday lives of human beings by making them equal. The Giver, a dystopian film based off of the novel by Lois Lowry, illustrates a society in which their “government” provides a sense of utopia by eliminating memories. With removing memories, they take away a lot in regards to overall knowledge and power of free will. This is recognizable throughout other dystopian examples as well, specifically, Fahrenheit 451 and “Harrison Bersuan.” The Giver is considered to be dystopian because the community is controlled…show more content… Similar to The Giver, the “government” in Fahrenheit 451 created a law where having or reading books was illegal. The job of the Firemen in this community was ironically, to burn the forbidden books. Based on my knowledge about dystopian literature, the government most likely did that in order to decrease knowledge among citizens. The lack of knowledge makes people ignorant, which then gives the government easier opportunity to maintain control over them.
In “Harrison Bergeron,” in order to reach that point of utopia, the government designed “handicaps,” which were designed to make people not feel inferior in comparison to others. For example, intelligent people were given a handicap to make them less intelligent, beautiful ballerinas were given masks in order to shield their beauty, etc. When examining these stories, the use of dystopian literature is clear because of the evident government involvement in attempting to create a utopian
1. Full Citation of media segment:
Blade Runner. 1982.
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Writing credits: Hampton Fancher
David Webb Peoples (screenplay)
Philip K. Dick (based on the novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”
2. What aspects of this media segment or situation brought you to consider it for analysis? What makes this interesting or problematic from a sociological perspective?
The film immediately places…
The 1971 film A Clockwork Orange recreates the occurrences within Anthony Burgess’s 1962 novel of the same name in a manner which allows for in-depth sociological analysis based upon factors such as symbol, language, and meaning in relation to human communication. Symbolic Interactionism— a theoretical perspective in which society is viewed as composed of symbols that people use to establish meaning, develop their views of the world, and communicate with one another— may be utilized as a sociological…
towards their enemy; this in turn, establishes distinct facets that palpably reflect the best and worst qualities within humanity. This concept is explored upon the examination of the 1985 novel Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card as well as the 2009 film Avatar, directed and produced by James Cameron. Within Orson Scott Card’s novel, the protagonist, Ender, reflects the best and worst in human nature through his own individual mannerisms and mindset as he accosts instances of manipulation and conspiracy…
Andrew Niccol’s American science fiction film, Gattaca presents a future society purely driven by eugenics. Children are conceived through the modification of their parent’s genetic manipulation to ensure that they inherit only the best traits. The film’s title is based on the first letters of guanine, adenine, thymine, and cytosine, the four nucleobases of DNA. The themes of the film are genetic engineering and the ethical issues surrounding it. Gattaca is a futuristic society in which science has…
V for Vendetta an in-depth analysis
V for Vendetta has been a work in progress since its first publish of the comic in 1982. It has been considered the brainchild of Alan Moore, who is now considered one of the greatest comic book writers of all time. In 2005 the comic was adapted into a feature length film highlighting the importance of liberty, individual choice, freedom, and the damage a totalitarian government can have on its people.…
The future nior cult classic film “Blade Runner” -The Directors Cut can be interpreted through a variety of critical lenses including the Ecofeminest lens and the Marxist lens. In order to perceptively develop my own critical understanding of the film I decided to investigate the following hypothesis: “Blade Runner-DC is a film that conveys how a capitalist society negatively influences the relations of humans and nature.” To aid me in my investigation of my hypothesis I selected two…
have studied thus far in the movies we watched in this class. As you can see from some of our discussions and readings there may be a message that many viewers agree on, I will later discuss some of the implicit messages in two of the George Romero films we watched early in the semester to further strengthen my point. Nevertheless, for now I would like to continue explaining the implicit messages, which are crucial to my earlier questions. The director or writer can control implicit messages but in…
American fiction, non-fiction,
and film. We will investigate how attitudes toward war have evolved throughout American history: our timeline
begins with the Civil War—the traumatic event that birthed the modern American state—and ends with the recent
conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. In particular, we will attend to the ethics of representation, asking who is assigned
the roles of hero, villain, and victim in the works we study, and why the writers and film directors have made the
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about the use and knowledge of tools. For the Russian band, see Technology (band). For other uses, see Technology (disambiguation).
By the mid 20th century, humans had achieved a mastery of technology sufficient to leave the atmosphere of the Earth for the first time and explore space.
Technology (from Greek τέχνη, techne, "art, skill, cunning of hand"; and -λογία, -logia) is the making, modification…