Dystopian Film Analysis

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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