Essay on Utopian Societies in Literature

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Utopian Societies in Literature


A Utopian Society is based on the idea that all governmental tactics, laws, and social conditions are ideal to perfection. The relationship between authority and citizen coincide creating endless stability. Any abrupt disagreement regarding a radical idea can shift the equilibrium off balance, causing the population to become a threat to officials that could lead to a revolutionary plan. In the novels A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess and 1984 by George Orwell, both authors discuss the power and ability the governments hold to preserve order over their citizens. In both situations, the authorities go to great lengths in hope to reach Utopianism by the process of spying, monitoring, and
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Underneath the simplicity of the name "Alex" lies other suggested meanings. When split apart the letter "a" acts as a negative prefix, and the word "lex" means an absence of law and a lack of words. It is evident that Alex clearly expresses both ideas. He lives his life on the basis of no rules, with a careless destructive attitude towards others. The "lack of words" concept relates to his lack of; ". . . attempt to explain or justify his actions in terms of abstract ideas or goals such as 'liberty' or 'stability'. . . . Instead, he simply experiences life directly, sensuously, and, while he is free, joyously."(Bloom, p 118)
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