Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Dystopian Societies


  • Brave New World was written in 1931 prior to the war and the spread of Communism.
  • 1984 was written in 1947 post-war after the world had seen what the Nazi leaders could do.
  • The Handmaid's Tale was written in 1986 after the "sexual revolution" and during the rise of ultra conservative world leaders.
What effect, if any, do you think this had on the author's choice of the kind of dystopian society that would exist in the setting of the novel?

7 comments:

Rachaelw5 said...

Brave New World- I guess the author was free to make up all kinds of crazy ideas and wasn't tainted by the real way communism works since it was written prior to the spread of communism. He was probably scared of the spread of communism and this is seen in the book by the outrageous ideas of growing and breeding babies.

carletonw1 said...

There were obviously some major effects of the time period ("sexual revolution") in the book The Handmaids Tale. The novel shows how absurd it is to be so purist in terms of sexuality. The novel describes the dystopian society that would exist if we were to revert to that kind of sexuality. It yearns for freedom and "sexual revolution."

JackEM1 said...

I think that the Nazi regime probably had a great deal to do with Orwell's conception of a dystopian society because he saw the sheer oppression and intimidation that an all-powerful government could inflict on people too scared to take a stand. As long as people are getting by and being feed propaganda, they are not likely to take a stand of oppostition when they stand to receive severe consequences for doing so.

AshtonH1 said...

I think that because George Orwell wrote the book in the post-Nazi era/WWII era that he was greatly influenced by the idea of a totalitarian form of government. I think that he sought to point out its domineering aspects and showed how it lead to the end of human aspiration and that people ultimately feared death. I think that the concept of Big Brother is still present in the today's society because of the government's ability to wiretap and search certain records.

SamM5 said...

The Nazi Regime obviously had an impact on Orwell as his Dystopian society consists of a Big Brother government with secret police spying on its citizens. The general population has very little rights, which was similar during the Nazi rule for the non-Aryans (Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, handicapped, elderly etc). I think Orwells novel is monumental and was influenced by the Nazi party; they truly showed the limits of a government seeking power and absolute control.

carolineh5 said...

In think Orwell had seen how a Germany created a government that made the citizens of that government believe that the government was really looking out for the best interest when they took away all of their freedoms. A lot of the same situations that are happening in 1984 happened in Germany. The way people would just disapear, and they way a books, movies and people were monitored. Everything was monitored then, just like it is in 1984. So I think that since Orwell saw all of this happen during the war he created his book after it.

petersloan06 said...

atwood is clearly a liberal feminist who has disdain and dystopian warnings for her conservative peers. handmaids tale is a warning and a picutre of a society to come when women chain themselves