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Dystopia as a vital peek into the future: The importance of dispatching antiquated morals and establishing new ethics
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Humanities.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay analyzes and tries to untangle the meaning and intention of dystopian literature, by analyzing two novels (Neal Shusterman‟s “Unwind” and Aldous Huxley‟s “Brave New World”). From this analysis, whether or not the futures portrayed in dystopian literature relate to our own future is riddled out, furthermore the importance of the authors‟ intention is debated and a conclusion is reached. As the dystopian future unravels, ethnicity, gender, class and sexual orientation, to mention a few factors, find their own place in the new world; this essay tries to establish their roles in the new society. When discussing the characters in the novels, Bourdieu‟s theories on fields, habitus and social capital are used to figure out what they are competing for and in what ways they struggle for the reward. Furthermore, the development of dystopian imagining is discussed and its function as a reflection of contemporary society and the state of science. Delineating the roles of social classes in dystopias is an important task in figuring out whether social power still reduces minorities depending on class or gender. Our antiquated morals and ethics aren‟t suitable anymore and need to be reformed; this is discussed based on dystopian literature and the image of the future. Furthermore, this essay gets into detail with the reduction of man and by what means we are enslaved and made to believe in the faux utopias. In the end, the conclusion reached is that dystopian literature delivers a hefty and important point that needs to be heeded and used as a rare look into the future.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 30 p.
Keyword [en]
Aldous Huxley, Neal Shusterman, Dystopia, Brave new world, Unwind, Utopia
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Specific Literatures
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-14737Archive number: LV1:3/2013OAI: diva2:632817
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Educational program
Film and literature
Available from: 2013-07-11 Created: 2013-06-25 Last updated: 2013-07-11Bibliographically approved

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