Dystopia in Literature – Lesson 1

Dystopia in literature”It’s not so much staying alive, as staying human, that is important” (Winston, in the film 1984)

Dystopia in Literature is a themed work, for English 7,  based on Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)  & 1984 (George Orwell).

(See embedded booklet with full instructions for the theme to the right)


We start with the concept of dystopia “an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives” (Merriam Webster), and introduce the book Farenheit 451.

See the posts,

Dystopia in literature

Ray Bradbury and Fahrenheit 451


Part 1: while reading Farenheit 451When reading the book Farenheit 451 be  careful to follow the reading instructions.

(See embedded instruction to the right, or the full booklet)


For both the of the titles Farenehit 451 and 1984 think about

1) How truth is handled,

2) How literature is regarded and dealt with,

3) How war is described and the functions of war,

4) Hope, if there is hope and in what form and finally

5) In the end, who wins and why?

Taking notes while you read and watch is highly recommended.


Posts on this theme

Dystopia in Literature – Lesson 2
Dystopia in Literature – Lesson 3
Dystopia in Literature – Lesson 4

Dystopia in literature
Ray Bradbury and Fahrenheit 451
Aldous Huxley and ”A Brave New World”
A Brave New World
George Orwell
George Orwell’s 1984
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