You Think School’s Bad? Sign Up for Dystopiathon

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You think doing homework’s bad? Try government oppression. Martial law. Robots taking over the universe. By popular request, we’ll be studying dystopian film and literature, starting with The Hunger Games.

The Hunger Games connects to several themes in lit classics, including:

George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm

William Goulding’s Lord of the Flies

Aldous Huxley’s  Brave New World

Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451

Though not dystopian, The Story of Damon and Pythias is about friendship so deep that you’d give your life for a friend. Read it. It’s two pages. You got this.

These stories talk about oppressive governments, absolute power corrupting absolutely, and the bonds of friendship. Enjoy them in full form, read the Spark Notes, use Audible or listen to the Thug Notes.

Critical Questions:

  • How do people in power keep that power? What’s the fine balance between leadership and oppression?
  • “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” True or false? Can there be such a thing as a benevolent dictator?
  • It is rare to find absolute friendship. Would you be willing to give up your life for a friend?
  • How close is society to the types of societies described by Goulding and Orwell?

Do yourself a favor. Read the full text of at least one of the Orwell, Goulding, Bradbury, and Huxley. They’re worth it. But if you need a couple Thug or Sparknotes to get the rest, at the very least ingest the stories.

Then, we’ll talk…

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