Date of Submission

Spring 2017

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Project Advisor 1

Joseph Luzzi

Abstract/Artist's Statement

The dystopian genre in literature is not a happy genre. We are not drawn to works of dystopian fiction because we expect to be satisfied: there are no “fuzzy feelings” in books like Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, George Orwell’s 1984, or Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We. Rather, we are fascinated by the thought processes and the questions that these nightmarish societies inspire. This thesis explores one such question, namely: what is the relationship between language, the individual, and society at large? Through an analysis of the three pivotal dystopian books above, I show how this relationship plays a key role in the development of any dystopia, and that these governments’ exploitation of this relationship is the root of what we find most disturbing in dystopian literature.

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