Ever since my first year of middle school, I’ve been assigned different dystopian novels to read in my English classes, each year. I started out with The Giver, then moved on to the Hunger Games trilogy, then to Anthem, and finally Fahrenheit 451. In addition, I know of many more dystopian novels that I haven’t gotten the chance to read yet, and that I will be reading and analyzing in my future English classes.
I’ve recently been thinking about the concept of novels taking place in futuristic worlds, that foreshadow in a way, how society could progress and evolve based the happenings of the world today.
Thinking about them in detail can be alarming, especially when imagining how warfare, technology, and other common topics in dystopian novels can affect our world so greatly, and change how future governments may run. However, I believe these novels can open up readers’ understanding, thoughts, and opinions on the world, and motivate them to act upon what they take away from these books. Something that really sticks out to me is
that individuals in these futuristic novels often lack in human connection, which is something that readers may try to improve upon. Opening up to others, showing kindness, being accepting of others, spreading peace, etc. are all things that could slip away from us, if we’re not taking advantage of those freedoms while we still can. Also, the main characters in dystopian novels noticeably try to defy or rebel against their governments, fighting against restrictions from doing or even feeling certain things that we experience everyday, without even thinking about them. Therefore, I see dystopian societies as a place, although often exaggerated and dramatic, where one can observe and take note, and apply their findings to enhance our current, world, so that the freedoms that we have now can remain a reality for future generations.