The Novel ' Dystopian Literature ' And ' The Ones Who Walk Away From The '

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In science fiction, dystopias are used to depict the possible future of a world or city that has been through conflicts that developed the current world, in the text. Two scholarly journals that examine dystopias are ““Engaging “Apolitical” Adolescents: Analyzing the Popularity and Educational Potential of Dystopian Literature Post-9/11,” by Melissa Ames, and ““It Was the City Killed the Beast:” Nature, Technophobia, and the Cinema of the Urban Future,” by James Clapp. Three short stories that have a dystopian setting incorporated into the text are “Who Can Replace a Man?”, by Brian Aldiss, ““Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman,” by Harlan Ellison, and “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” by Ursula Le Guin. According to Ames, “dystopian literature helps to provide insight into concerns the reader may have for the future world” (Ames 4). The ability to analyze dystopian texts allow the reader to reflect on the current world and the possibilities of the future that a text anticipates. There are various aspects that develop a dystopian world in a text, each dystopia must have a world, a form of technology, ignorance, and innocence. The dystopian worlds are controlled by an oppressive force, such as a human or a societal agreement and the characters either abide by the rules or they are punished. Technology is a large part of a dystopian world, it is used as a tool to improve the efficiency of those that live in the world, in a positive or negative way. Ignorance is…

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