Examples Of Dystopian Futures

Authors and filmmakers have many different ways to present their story to their audience members. By utilizing these methods, they bring the reader into their own world. Dystopian futures are futures where people are being oppressed and face horrid living conditions in society. An example of a dystopian genre novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley where technology and methods adopted from Henry Ford’s teachings has brought up a society where the lives of people are controlled. While a film example of a dystopian future is the first Hunger Games movie, The Hunger Games directed by Gary Ross, where people were divided up into districts and forced to play a dangerous, survival game. Through their various stylistic approaches in presenting the …show more content…
Brave New World shares a cold, detached, and bleak environment by describing the “bleakly shining porcelain of a laboratory...the light was frozen, dead, a ghost” (Huxley 4). The Hatchery seems so obsolete and lonely. Even though people do inhabit this setting, it barely feels like it’s a lived in place which causes the reader to feel the coldness and detachment to the setting. In the Hunger Games, there is also this feeling of coldness as the higher ups discuss the concept of the survival games while disregarding the feelings of the people who are placed in them. When switching panels to the landscape and the setting, the light is rather dreary and shadows are prominent which emphasizes the cold mood given off by the movie. The major difference in mood between the two pieces is the transition in moods in The Hunger Games. When the words appear on the screen, there is a light strumming which creates a tranquil effect. Then, the pace of the instruments become faster which increases the anticipation of the readers to know what will happen next. Finally, they are switched into the next scenes where they can feel the coldness in the scenes and the despair in the society through the hysterical cries of Prim. Also, her sobbing and fear about getting selected for the games increases the foreshadowing on what will happen next which the audience can infer will be unpleasant. The audience …show more content…
Both manage to use irony to emphasize the differences in their societies. Through the transition from a more colorful setting with the Crane to the dreary colors of Katniss’ home, this emphasizes the differences in classes and the fact that the Hunger Games are not as delightful as what others may have made them out to be. This warns the viewer that such a future due to the manipulations of the government could lead to trouble in the future for them. “For all the summer beyond the panes, for all the tropical heat of the room itself, a harsh thin light glared through the windows, hungrily seeking some draped lay figure… but finding only the glass and nickel and bleakly shining porcelain of a laboratory” describes through personification how even with all the technology at their fingertips, the people still lack the common emotions which is why the mood is so dreary. Thus, the audience realizes that they still would have to be careful with technology as it does not always lead to complete happiness. Brave New World adopts a much more futuristic setting compared to the opening scene of The Hunger Games which causes the audience to connect more with The Hunger Games due to the setting of run-down houses and the woods. They understand that it could possibly be their future if they are not too careful. The audience is given a push

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