How do I write a paper on a dystopian society or dystopian societies?

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To write a paper on dystopian societies, you need to first define a dystopian society and then give an example.

You need to define dystopia, either with your own definition or one you get from a secondary source.  Basically, a dystopia is a society where everything is supposed to be perfect, but it turns out to be terrible.

You might also include the origins of the term.  The word “dystopia” is derived from “utopia,” which means a perfect world.  It came from Thomas More’s book of the same name, published in 1516 (eNotes).  In the nineteenth century, several groups tried to create a perfect world (  This is where the concept of a dystopia began.

A dystopia is a world that its originators thought was prefect, but in order to create perfection there is usually a lot of control.  When you control everything so carefully, a totalitarian regime often results.  Dystopias usually involve human rights violations, harsh conditions, and strict rules.  These are the conditions that make the words dystopia.

Your examples of dystopias might come from history, such as Hitler's Nazi germany, or from literature, such as Orwell'll Animal Farm.  There is no shortage of dystopias in literature, and providing summaries of some of these and how they controlled the people would be an excellent inclusion in your paper.


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