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Jonas’ community appears to be a utopia, but, in reality, it is a dystopia. The people seem perfectly content to live in an isolated wreck—in a government run by a select few—in which a group of Elders enforces the rules. In Jonas’ community, there is no poverty, starvation, unemployment, lack of housing, or discrimination; everything is perfectly planned to eliminate any problems. However, as the book progresses and Jonas gains insight into what the people have willingly given up—their freedoms and individualities—for the so-called common good of the community, it becomes more and more obvious that the community is a horrible place in which to live. You as a reader can relate to the disbelief and horror that Jonas feels when he realizes that his community is a society based on the false ideas of goodness. As Jonas comes to understand the importance of memory, freedom, individuality, and even color, he can no longer stand by and watch the people in his community continue to live under such horrible restrictions.
Hmm, I don’t know all that much about Dystopia, but this little paragraph tells me a lot.
I’d recommend learning more about both utopias and dystopias, and the differences, which may seem obvious, but are not. And in my opinion, the way to hide the fact that it is a dystopia is up to you.
causethatswhy said: Anon should read Brave New World. That immediately comes to mind.