Utopia and dystopia

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Activity for 1984 lesson 1

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<ul><li> 1. Utopia and Dystopia <ul><li>Two Visions of the World </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 2. Utopia </p> <ul><li>Definition: An imagined place or state of things in which perfection has been achieved. </li></ul> <ul><li>Origin: Sir Thomas More, 1516, Utopia </li></ul> <ul><li>Concept originally linked to religious ideals, but now also refers to socio-political ideals </li></ul> <p> 3. Dystopia </p> <ul><li>Definition: an imagined place or state of things in which everything is unpleasant, typically a degraded environment and a totalitarian regime </li></ul> <ul><li>Origin: John Stuart Mill, 1868 speech in the House of Commons about Irish problem </li></ul> <ul><li>Common theme in modern books and movies </li></ul> <p> 4. Utopian Novels 5. Dystopian Novels 6. What is Your Vision of the Future? </p> <ul><li>Get into groups of four; you will be assigned either utopia or dystopia </li></ul> <ul><li>Complete the handout by briefly describing the specific elements of your utopian or dystopian world </li></ul> <ul><li>Share results with class</li></ul>

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