For my independent reading, I read Matched by Allie Condie and while reading the YA Romance Dystopia, a lot of questions came up. However, one of the most prominent questions that kept popping up in my head was “Why do these people trust the ‘Society’ so much and why do they let the ‘Society’ make all of their decisions for them?” Throughout the novel, I kept finding more and more people who simply went along with what the ‘Society’ instructed them to do, and without question. I think the reason why this came as such a shock to me is because growing up, my dad always taught me to question everything and trust my own instinct versus others’ instruction.
To go back a little bit, I’d like to explain what the ‘Society’ is and its large role in Matched. The ‘Society’ is the form of government that exists in Matched and it controls its citizens through constant monitoring and constant control over what they do. They decide who marries who, who does what, and everything else you can think of. However, the characters are deceived by the ‘Society’ and are convinced that they have some power over what they choose to do, when the reality of the situation is that it is only an illusion and the ‘Society’ truly makes all of the decisions.
This concept is so bizarre and intriguing to me because I feel that it is totally possible in today’s world. I feel like with all of the technology that exists today, it is so easy for people to be wrapped up in technology that they don’t realize if they’re being monitored or not—or if they do, they simply don’t care. Because of this, I plan to research how technology affects people and how it can numb people to the concerns of constant surveillance. Ultimately, the role of technology and surveillance in dystopian novels is what interests me the most and that is why I’ve chosen to write me research paper on this topic.
Condie, Ally. Matched. Penguin Books Ltd., 2012.