Utopia Essay

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When discussing ways in which approprion enables texts studied to simultaneously reflect and respond meaningfully to different social contexts it is at first necessary to briefly define appropriation and core utopian ideals and upon that, the way they respond to particular social contexts. Aristotle believed that the narrative literary world consisted of merely two concepts, comedy and tragedy, and that these were destined to be appropriated for the rest of time. Others like Rudyard Kipling, Denis Johnston and Carl Jung are all unified by this definition of appropriation differing only on the exact number of literary forms. The first literary utopia was in 1516 were Tomas more wrote his ideal society in the novel “utopia” this was the first reference to utopia, however the notion has always existed, right back to Plato’s republic. Having defined the nature of appropriation and the history of the utopian concept successfully, we can now explore the texts Fahrenheit 451 (written in 1953 by Bradbury) and equilibrium (2002 by wimmer) in a way that they use appropriation to express core dystopian ideals. We shall look at the characterisation of an Orwellian protagonist, the appropriation of symbolic sense and techniques an authors use's to convey their dystopian message. the characterisation of both john Preston and guy montag is a great example of appropriation. We can clearly see how both men are situated in positions of dystopian power, a fireman and a cleric. These careers mirror each other in that they remove from society all passion and inspiration by burning books and killing emotion. The fireman slogan itself “burn em' to ashes, then burn the ashes” along with the description of the clerics, were the farther states that man's “ability to feel must be eradicated” illustrates just how far the dystopian illusion has corrupted free thinking in both

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