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Introduction to Dystopian Literature


Included is a presentation on dystopian literature–perfect for any teacher who is starting to read a novel or short story of the dystopian genre. This presentation includes a definition and explanation of the genre as well as the elements and common characteristics one would find in a dystopian story. This presentation also covers literary elements found in dystopian literature, to include: irony, conflict, foreshadowing, allegory, and symbolism. Guided notes worksheet included.

Example Compatible Dystopian Titles

“The Lottery” Shirley Jackson

“The Pedestrian” Ray Bradbury

“The Veldt” Ray Bradbury

A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess

“All Summer in a Day” Ray Bradbury

“The Machine Stops” E.M. Forster

“Harrison Bergeron” Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

“The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” Ursula Le Guin

“Frost and Fire” Ray Bradbury

Anthem Ayn Rand

“The Perfect Match” Ken Liu

1984 George Orwell

Brave New World Aldous Huxley

The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood

Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

The Giver Lois Lowry

The Time Machine H.G. Wells

Uglies Scott Westerfield

Ender’s Game Orson Scott Card

The Maze Runner James Dashner

The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

Ready Player One Ernest Cline

Animal Farm George Orwell

The Road Cormac McCarthy

Divergent Veronica Roth

The City of Ember Jeanne DuPrau

Lord of the Flies William Golding

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