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Which topics are referred to in the Song "In The Year 2525"?


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Dystopia (mündliche Prüfung)

Which topics are referred to in the Song "In The Year 2525"?


  • Question of survival

  • Loss of individual though

  • Famine

  • Machines taking over -> physical decay, lack of purpose

  • Isolation

  • Collapse of social structures (e. g. family)

  • Artificial insemination

  • Judgement Day

  • Exploitation of nature

  • Bad, dystopic future

Dystopia (mündliche Prüfung)

What are necessary features of a dystopia?
  • primary focus on the form of society
  • social structure bad for a large part of society -> worse than present
  • pessimistic
  • society discussed in detail
  • society must be credible and actually work 

Dystopia (mündliche Prüfung)

What do utopias and dystopias have in common?

  • Alternative society in an unfamiliar place (on an island or in the future): described in detail

  • Place orientation common until 19th C: world exploration, unknown territories

  • Very descriptive, little action-oriented

  • 3 stages: 1) travel to/arrival in, 2)exploration of alternative society (often a guide who explains everything), 3)departure/escape =>in traditional texts, not necessarily in modern texts

  • Protagonist: traveller ->Only one who sees the alternative society, not individualized

  • Comments on problems in the current society

Dystopia (mündliche Prüfung)

Where does the term "dystopia" come from?

utopia: comes from the greek means either "no place" or "beautiful place"


dystopia: "bad place"

Minimal def.: depiction of a society that is significantly worse than the

one experienced by people in the context in which the text was

written and focus on society

Dystopia (mündliche Prüfung)

What separates utopias/dystopias from other genres?

hard to distinguish


often critizes on social aspects or man-made disasters whereas for example post-apocalyptic are often based on natural caused disasters

Dystopia (mündliche Prüfung)

What are necessary features of dystopias/utopias? What do both have in common?

  • form of society of primary focus -> discussed in detail
  • society bad for a large part of society
  • considerably worse than writer'S present -> pessimistic
  • society must ne credible and actually work
  • often warning of contemporary trends -> often strategy of extrapolation
  • personal freedom vs social good
  • Utopia depicts an ideal world

Dystopia (mündliche Prüfung)

Which typical features can be found in ‘The Time Machine’?

  • focus on story/society not on action/characters
  • 3 stages
  • hints of philosophical discourse (different perspectives)
  • extrapolations

Dystopia (mündliche Prüfung)

Is the time traveler relatable? Reliable?

  • critical view of his own accounts
  • able to admit when he is wrong 
  • does not assume he is unfaillable
  • aware of his own limitations

Dystopia (mündliche Prüfung)

Which extrapolations can be found? What does the author criticize about the Victorian
Era?

  • consequences of the exploitation of workers
  • criticizes the effect of science -> people beceoming lazy and dummer

Dystopia (mündliche Prüfung)

Which aspects do stay open?

  • where do the names come from?
  • why do the Morlocks live in the dark? why is there no electricity?
  • How do the factories work?

Dystopia (mündliche Prüfung)

What kind of people are represented?

middle class

-> professor, student, journalist, doctor, etc.

Dystopia (mündliche Prüfung)

Is it a dystopia?

not really, rather leading up to a dystopia or a poastapocalyptic society

  • not much information about the system
  • focus on individual lifes

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