My Favorite Dystopia

huxley

Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice

What is better to add to a week with discussion of Swine Flu and Exhibitions than a talk about how our liberties will come to an end.  What is your favorite dystopia?  I found this really cool cartoon rendering comparing Orwell’s  1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World.  For this activity, you don’t have to have read either, but the cartoon provides enough information to have a good discussion about the topics about how humanity can lose what makes it human and how society can lose liberty.

Activity:

  • Define “dystopia” with the advisory.
  • Have them write what their version of dystopia is? You might ask them to do this as a free write.
  • Pair students together to look at the two pictures above. Have them describe what they think this means.  Ask them to draw a picture or write a scene that might show the idea of a dystopian future of each type.
  • Share in small groups and discuss the different versions.
  • Write a journal entry about which dystopia you think is most likely? Which do you fear the most? Why?

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Enciendalo!