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Choosing to create a Utopian/Dystopian world in a text means a didactic work that has a rigid and conventional structure and comments only on a society, not the individual.

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ENGLISH EXTENSION ASSESSMENT Choosing to create a Utopian/Dystopian world in a text means a didactic work that has a rigid and conventional structure and comments only on a society, not the individual To some extent, utopia is based on the ideology of creating an ideal and progressive society in which citizens live together and simultaneously strive towards perfection and happiness. Yet whilst they are working, united in their vision to reach perfection and happiness they are denying themselves the natural urge, which they possess to think for themselves. The means by which the creators strive to achieve this utopic ideal of happiness are in fact in their own sense dystopic. By that we mean that in the midst of reaching this utopian ideal the creators fail to acknowledge the relevance of individuality for a society to maintain happiness. The fact is that a society is made up of many individuals and in order for these individuals to unite as a society and progress as one they must consider what is best for every citizen in that society. The creators seek to achieve this consistency in their societies and they are so enthralled and enraptured in keeping this state of stability. It is this consistency, which can only be achieved through the elimination of free thought and the destruction of individuality and beauty of the individual's unique ability to be unlike anyone else and to bring their own talents forward. ...read more.

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The first being that our own desire for a perfect or 'happy' society be fulfilled. That we the reader can believe that such a society can exist yet at the same time More, as the creator of the Utopian republic, discourages this desire by not allowing the reader an insight into his own bearing on the integrity of his republic and thus permits the reader to believe that he sees flaws in his 'perfect world'. The Truman show presents us with a character -- Truman -- who is caught inside a controlled environment that conceals its true nature. But, here, there is an interesting twist unbeknownst to him; he is living inside a 24 hour-a-day comedy-melodrama in which he is the star. The idyllic island town where he grew up and lives is an immersive stage set enclosed in a giant dome with a ceiling that creates the illusion of a sky. Wind, rain, night, the moon, the stars, even the sun is a high-tech special effect masquerading as the outside world. With some 5000 cameras placed around the city, Truman's life is followed 24 hours a day, seven days a week -- a nonstop telethon of reality programming for a public hungry for passion and vivid emotion. All of humanity watches as he goes through the stages of life and finds himself in realistic situations that are actually scripted and improvised, to give the show some of the dramatic density that separates entertainment from mundane life. ...read more.

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As noted, he rejects this false paradise and chooses to exile himself into the mundane world that is his natural home. He travels from fake -- fantastic and fabulous -- nature to true nature. This is true also in the debate about utopia's is it better to be comfortable in a fake world of synthetic comfort or a world that allows freedom and truth? Truman discovers that it is better to live life on his own terms as hard a struggle it may be then to live life comfortably on another persons terms. In every example of Utopian and Dystopian text the creators generate structures and systems to keep their worlds operating and to control a society by looking at its faults and not its successes. To create an ideal society they must first accept what is out of their control that is the human complexities of individuals and thus a society. In conclusion we do agree that choosing to create a Utopian/Dystopian world in a text means a didactic work that has a rigid and conventional structure that comments only on society, not the individual. In texts this can be achieved but taken out of context into reality these structures would crumble and could not be the basis of societies for a society to progress the individual must progress and we know now that this is not possible because consistency overrules progress in texts and in reality it is the opposite. We cannot expect that all nations will adopt like systems, for conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth." -JFK ...read more.

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