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The term dystopia derives directly from the word utopian, which first was first noted to have appeared in the year 1516 in Thomas Mores well-known work Utopia (Xiaolan). The word utopia itself refers to a society that is typically set in a distant future and is implied to be the ideal or perfect world for all people in the world to live in. (Xiaolan) On the other hand, the word dystopiais said to be the opposite of utopian, meaning that while it’s still set in a distant future, it is the darker version of society that has begun to crumble at the seams due to the strict regulation of the world. In dystopian novels a society typically originates as a utopian society, with ideas and implications of making the world perfect for all people living, …show more content…
Cassia begins to realize the truth when the perfect society she lives in makes a mistake. A mistake that causes her to doubt everything she’s ever known about the world around her and subsequently meet and fall in love with another boy in her town, who opens her eyes to the truth about the outside world throughout the secretes the society keeps from them such as literature and poetry. This shift in the protagonist ideology is able to fuel the fires of a revolution later in the novel to get rid of the system where everything is decided for the citizens. Overall this novel is able to showcase that having a machine and set of individuals make major life decisions for a society is not a way to live. This eventually leads to the societies down fall, showcasing that once again utopian societies are not perfect and never can …show more content…
This concept in evident in Ayn Rand's novel Anthem. This novel depicts a society where individuality is nonexistent and people are given similar names followed by a serial number. To begin with, this novel stars the protagonist Equality 7-2521 who “has been taught to refer to himself as we and us, as if the self were a mere reflection of the group” (Cox). In this novel a council of chosen individuals makes decisions for the society, as a whole including the jobs people will end up with. Equality 7-2521 sentenced to a life as a street sweeper although he has a brilliant scientific mind at first begins to accept his fate and continue life with his head held high. However, after discovering a tunnel presumably from the “Unmentionable Times of the distant past” equality beings to revolt against the society and use the tunnel as a place to further his scientific research and create inventions (Cox). The moment equality creates the light bulb is when the story takes a shift. Equality so amazed by the object he created attempts to show the invention to the council that rules over the society, however the council quickly dismisses the invention fearing that it would “wreck the Plans of the World Council” and are then forced to try to eradicate the idea at the source being equality (Cox). With this being said, taking away the individuality of a

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