GATTACA, And The Giver: A Literary Analysis

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Depending on your point of view a story can fall into many genres. Sometimes a story might fall into a different genre than the author originally thought. The Circle, GATTACA, and The Giver are all examples of dystopian fictions that could be viewed as a utopia or a genre other than dystopia. The terms dystopia and utopia can be found with many different definitions. The two most popular definition for dystopia are “an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one” (Definition of Dystopia in English) and “an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives” (Dystopia). Utopia has a much more controversial meaning than dystopia because of the…show more content…
A lot of people fear The Circle just because of all the power it was gaining. Mercer, Mae’s ex-boyfriend truly hated The Circle because he thought it had too much power and he wasn’t a fan of technology in the first place. When Mercer was talking about another one of The Circle’s big inventions he said “I mean, like everything else you guys are pushing, it sounds perfect, sounds progressive, but it carries with it more control, more central tracking of everything we do” (Eggers 260). Mercer hated the idea that someone could know what he was doing all the time. Mercer disappeared in the story because he hated being…show more content…
“I didn't think of it as futuristic or dystopian or science fiction or fantasy” (Lowry, Lois Lowry Says 'The Giver' Was Inspired By Her Father's Memory Loss; Lowry, The Giver). While most may clearly consider this book a science fiction, Lowry did not. The novel is about a world that has eliminated almost all suffering for humans. The downside to eliminating all suffering is the strict rules in society and the lack of freedom or privacy. The members of the community do not realize they’re missing out on normal human freedoms so they are satisfied with their lives. Only one member of society is allowed to experience the painful memories of the past so the community doesn’t make the same mistakes again. This man is Jonas (the main character of the story). Jonas realizes that everyone he knows is ignorant and he believes everyone should know the truth (Lowry, The Giver). Lowry wrote this book because of a family member who was suffering from Alzheimer’s and thought it would be nice if people didn’t have to experience the pain of bad memories. This is why she never considered the book a dystopian fiction (Lowry, Lois Lowry Says 'The Giver' Was Inspired By Her Father's Memory

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