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Dystopia/1984: Getting Started



Definition of dystopia

an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives
2literature anti-utopia 2 
  • writing a dystopia


 play \-pē-ən\ adjective

Freedom or oppression? The fear of dystopia.

Freedom or oppression? The fear of dystopia. Mike Ashley considers how British, Russian and American writers created repressive imaginary worlds and totalitarian regimes in order to explore 20th-century political concerns.

Assignment in Utopia

Orwell's review of Assignment in UtopiaAssignment in Utopia is widely recognised as one of the texts that served as inspiration for Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Politics of Dystopia

Nineteen Eighty-Four and the politics of dystopia Roger Luckhurst describes the political environment in which George Orwell wrote and published Nineteen Eighty-Four, and analyses its different – and often opposing – interpretations.


George Orwell's notebook in which he lists ideas for what would become Nineteen Eighty-Four, including 'newspeak', 'doublethink' and 'two minutes of hate'.


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Elements of Dystopia in 1984