A Utopia By George Orwell

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Many characteristics of the society that americans live in now demonstrate a utopia, therefore, they also demonstrate a dystopia. A utopia is a perfect world in which there are no problems like war, disease, poverty, oppression, discrimination, inequality, and more universal problems existing. A dystopia is a world in which nothing is perfect. Problems are extreme things are dysfunctional and problematic. A utopia does not turn into a dystopia until the people living in that society do not live authentic lives. "Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious” (Orwell 72). This quote shows that the people in the society of a dystopia often do not even realize they are not living in an ideal society. A utopia turns into a dystopia when the members of society are unaware that they have little control over themselves and their well being. "Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows” (Orwell 84). If people can say what they want and feel, then they are not living in a dystopia. My real life utopia, Drop City, refused to have a leader. A utopia will stay a utopia until the people do not have the freedoms that they believe that they have, at which point the utopia becomes a dystopia. In many dystopian fictions, if not all dystopian fictions, there is a strong central government. This has to do with the time periods in which the stories are written. 1984,
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