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Published on February 27, 2014

Author: mczamora

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Exploring dystopian characteristics through film Lesson plan adapted from ReadWriteThink.

What would a perfect society look like? [ brainstorm ]

Utopia A place, state, or condition that is ideally perfect in respect of politics, laws, customs, and conditions.

Dystopia A futuristic, imagined universe in which oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society are maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral, or totalitarian control. Dystopias, through an exaggerated worstcase scenario, make a criticism about a current trend, societal norm, or political system.

Characteristics of a dystopian society ➡ Propaganda is used to control the citizens of society. ➡ Information, independent thought, and freedom are restricted. ➡ A figurehead or concept is worshipped by the citizens of the society. ➡ Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance. ➡ Citizens have a fear of the outside world. ➡ Citizens live in a dehumanized state. ➡ The natural world is banished and distrusted. ➡ Citizens conform to uniform expectations. Individuality and dissent are bad. ➡ The society is an illusion of a perfect utopian world.

Pause / Reflect. Compare and contrast the concepts of utopia and dystopia. [ Venn diagram ]

Identify the protagonist. What is said directly about him and what is implied? [ comparative table]

The dystopian protagonist ➡ Often feels trapped and is struggling to escape. ➡ Questions the existing social and political systems. ➡ Believes or feels that something is terribly wrong with the society in which he or she lives. ➡ Helps the audience recognizes the negative aspects of the dystopian world ➡ Through his or her perspective.

What is communicated about the world in this film? Who controls it, and how? [ list ]

Types of dystopian control ➡ Corporate control: One or more large corporations control society through products, advertising, and/or the media. Examples include Minority Report and Running Man. ➡ Bureaucratic control: Society is controlled by a mindless bureaucracy through a tangle of red tape, relentless regulations, and incompetent government officials. Examples in film include Brazil. ➡ Technological control: Society is controlled by technology—through computers, robots, and/or scientific means. Examples include The Matrix, The Terminator, and I, Robot. ➡ Philosophical/religious control: Society is controlled by philosophical or religious ideology often enforced through a dictatorship or theocratic government.

Dystopia A futuristic, imagined universe in which oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society are maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral, or totalitarian control. Dystopias, through an exaggerated worst-case scenario, make a criticism about a current trend, societal nor m, or political system .

Identify the “worst-case scenarios” explored in the film. Identify social trends, norms, or systems criticized by the film. [ list ]

Recap 1. What illusion of a perfect society is depicted in the clips the class has viewed? What is the society like in reality? 2. How are the members of this society being oppressed? 3. What kind of control is used to keep the members of this society oppressed? 4. What current trend, societal norm, or political system is exaggerated in this world? 5. What criticism is made through this exaggeration in the clips? What current trend, societal norm, or political system is addressed?

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