A DYSTOPIAN SOCIETY OR THE MORAL DECAY OF HUMANITY
Stăncuţa Ramona DIMA-LAZA, Lecturer Ph. D.
“Vasile Goldiş” Western University of Arad
Faculty of Humanities, Politics and Administrative Sciences, Arad
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ABSTRACT. The present paper analyses an anti-utopic society, emphasizing the importance of individual liberty over doing the right thing as described and satirized by British writer Anthony Burgess in the book entitled A Clockwork Orange. This matter of choice and free will is characteristic to dystopian societies which represent a futuristic universe in which the oppressive control of the state changes people’s lives. It depicts in a shocking manner the effects a dystopian society has over the individual. Dystopian characters make use of human weaknesses in order to set forth and to prove the destructive power of authoritarian rule. Dystopian societies demoralize people, deprive them of the ability of taking decisions while their personal desires either good or evil, are taken over by the state.
Key words: society, dystopia, imaginary future, fear, violence, control