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Elements of Dystopia in 1984

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Dystopian literature is a rapidly growing sub-genre of popular fiction. Authors often use dystopias to convey a message about the world we live in today.

Dystopias are extremely flawed societies. In this genre, the setting is often a fallen society, usually occurring after a large scale war, or other horrific event, that caused chaos in the former world. In many stories, this chaos gives rise to a totalitarian government that assumes absolute control. The flaws in this sort of a dystopia are center around oppression and restrictions on freedom by central authorities.

Example of Dystopia in 1984

  • The people are restricted from independent thought and action.
  • The government in control is often oppressive.
  • The setting is often futuristic, or in a fictional universe.
  • Contains elements of conformity, or extreme equality.
  • The government portrays their society as a utopia.
  • The protagonist wishes to restore the people to conventional life.

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Create a storyboard that shows the six elements of a dystopia in 1984.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify events or characteristics of the story that fit into the elements of a dystopia
  3. Illustrate the examples for each event or characteristic.
  4. Write a short description below each cell that specifically relates 1984 as a dystopia.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.


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