Assignment: Dystopian Literature Comparison Paper
Description: Students will view a work of dystopian literature (The Giver), read a book as a class (1984) and read a second dystopian novel (a book of their choice). They will keep a reading log identifying characteristics of a dystopia and keeping track of how these characteristics are present in the three works. They will then write an essay comparing and contrasting the dystopian societies and protagonists of these three books and analyzing a common theme.
R1: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
R9: Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
L1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
L2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
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Published draft of essay
People chanting, guns firing, the city fights back against the dictators. Dystopian lit is writing which has a main character that sees society different. Usually society has no freedoms and is being oppressed by the government and the main character sees it as wrong, and saves the society. Typical themes include, heroism, and oppression. I read The Giver by Lois Lowry, 1984 by George Orwell, and Witch and Wizard. Witch and Wizard by James Patterson is the most different from the other two. The people know that things are bad and try to fight back against the government until like the other two stories.
The protagonist in each story is very different. For example, in The Giver it is a boy that becomes the giver, a position in society only one person gets to fill, where he learns what life can be like when people have freedom of action and thought. He wants to get the memories and release them to everyone to free them from the oppressed society they all know. In 1984 it is a man known as Winston. He remembers a time when things weren't like this and questions things. This leads him into the thought police as he starts rebelling. They capture him and torture him until he accepts their beliefs and doesn't question their ideals. However, in Witch and Wizard everyone in society hates the government that is taking over. They all fight back and the whole country knows that life shouldn't be like this. This isn't the Same in the other two, there is an illusion of utopia and nobody is supposed to question anything.
There are several similarities between the books. In The Giver and 1984 society is supposed to be great. Nobody is supposed to question society and the rules the government sets Because the government knows best and is trying to save you. People are punished and even killed for going against the government or for questioning their ideals and if they are best. In Witch and Wizard they claim that they are doing it for your safety, much like the other two. Also, if you question or revolt against the government they punish you similar to the other two. However, they lock you in a cell. They give you minimal food and force you to run through attack dogs to get to your water. There is one whole in the floor for a toilet, and that is the entire room. The government is controlling every aspect of human life in all three. In all three someone realizes that life shouldn't be the way it is now and fights back. They try to change the society and save the human race.
There are also several differences between the stories. For example, in 1984 Winston doesn't succeed. He is captured and tortured almost to death. He is forced to face his worst fear and accept the party's ideals or die, and he chooses to conform. This is different from most dystopian novels, and certainly very different from the other two. In The Giver, the boy saves the society. He releases all of the memory's to the community, showing everybody how great life is with feelings and opinions. In Witch and Wizard they use their powers to escape the prison and join rebel forces to fight against the government and save the human race. As you can see, 1984 has very different plot twists, climaxes, and ultimately endings than the other stories we read and most of dystopian literature.
Dystopian literature has some of the most memorable books to the genres name. The books are filled with action and suspense. You make connections with the characters and never see the next plot twist coming. I personally really enjoy dystopian literature and find that it has made some timeless classics. They are thrilling and I would recommend anyone a dystopian book as they fit all personalities and interests.
What did you like/dislike about the project? I liked that I got to read a new genre of book
What was easy/hard about this project? It was easy as long as you paid attention and took notes
Do you believe you mastered the standard(s) being assessed? Provide proof of mastery, explaining SPECIFICALLY what you did in order to meet the standard(s), or describe SPECIFICALLY what you could do to achieve mastery in the future. I could have met R1 by using quotes in my paper. I met the others in my paper. I met the last two through the whole thing and the last four in my body paragraphs. Specifically paragraphs 3 and 4 where I compare all three books.
What did you learn from completing the project?
That I enjoy dystopian literature.