The Giver, by Lois Lowry, Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, and Logan's Run, by William F. Nolan

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Utopia seems like a wonderful idea where everything is perfect and no one suffers. Three stories address this topic and show how even the best ideas have their downside. The Giver tells of a society where everything is the same and no one has to worry about making a wrong decision. Fahrenheit 451 tells of a society that bans book in the interest of preventing unhappiness. The society in Logan's Run is full of pleasure but only for 30 years. In practice though, these utopias present each of the protagonists with a problem where they question how perfect their perfect worlds really is.
The Giver, by Lois Lowry, tells of a society where choices are made by the state in order to create sameness. This is done to prevent unhappiness and to
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Throughout their life, a crystal embedded in their palms changes colour to indicate their age. After 30 years of care-free living, when the crystal starts to flash, citizens are called to Carousel where they have a chance at "renewal" which is the idea of being reborn. Some are not convinced that renewal is true and believe that people are simply killed.
Logan, the protagonist, is a "sandman" whose job is to catch and eliminate people who try to run from Carousel. Logan is commanded by the computers to seek out where the runners go and destroy their sanctuary. With the help of Jessica, a younger friend, he infiltrates the runners' network and, in doing so, begins to question the reality of renewal and the promise of sanctuary as he goes outside the walls of his utopian community to seek an escape from the finality of Carousel.
Farenheit 451 presents another utopia in which unhappiness and pain is controlled through the elimination of books. Montag, the protagonist is a fireman whose job is to search homes for illegal books and then burn them. Citizens are encouraged to report illegal activity by turning in a picture of the offender. A wall screen in each home is similar to a television where the state encourages compliance with the rules, and entertains viewers with bland stories of little consequence. Montag is approached by his neighbour Clarisse

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