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This thesis explores dystopian fiction, from classic novels Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four to films, focusing on The Matrix, Blade Runner, and Blade Runner 2049. These fictional works are explored in correlation to the modern-day world. The prime goal is to point of the signs that dystopian fiction became a reality.
The dark origins of this genre are explored in a historical context to present the genre’s roots as a reaction to the existence of the real totalitarian states. Then, the ideas of dystopian classics and modern works are examined in correlation to the current state of the developed world.
Major themes of important dystopian fiction from Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four as mass surveillance, freedom of movement, immigrant issues, and special tools of government control are explored. The deceiving virtual world of The Matrix is examined in correlation to the human industrial footprint. The question of incrementally digitalized life is regarded. Additionally, interesting parallels with Brave New World are underlined. A theme of a thinking individual and his place in society is explored on examples of mentioned works of dystopian fiction.
Questions of ethics alongside environmental concerns in a corporate subtext are discussed in Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 examples. These topics help to explore this dark vision of the world and its alienating impact on an individual. The quest of what does it mean to be a human in the age of highly advanced technology is at the core of the Blade Runner universe.
The final part of the work is dedicated to a fictional drug called soma from Brave New World and its significance and function as an effective tool of control in the dystopian world. Elements of mentioned works are compared to highlight similarities interlinking with a reality.
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