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The Giver: The Giver

Summary of The Giver

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What is a dystopia?

A dystopian society is a futuristic, imagined society in which the idea of a perfect society is maintained through control of the oppressive government. 

Following is a list of characteristics of a Dystopian Society found on

  •    Propaganda is used to control the citizens of the 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 fear of the outside world.
  •    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 - such as in the The Giver.

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 recognize the negative aspects of the dystopian world through his or her perspective.

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