Why do people have conflicting opinions? How is the same society viewed in opposing ways? What makes a society a dystopia or a utopia in someone’s head?
I know you can’t fully answer these because I am not a psychology student and don’t know everything about the way people think. But, these are some of the questions I hope to bring to attention in my conference presentation regarding the duality of opinions on character’s societies in YA dystopian literature. We have discussed in class that most dystopias are a result from a failed utopia, but there are still people who believe that their society isn’t failed at all. Usually this is the societies leaders, or government. Their opinion is based on their opinions of human nature. So, what makes people change their opinions? Is it that something happens to make their minds change? Is it that they’ve felt this way the whole time? My argument is that it is based on their upbringing and personal environment that makes the see the world differently. This is most present in the protagonist character because in the stories they are the main ones who see their world as broken and want to fix it. We also look at the dual side, and why people believe that their society is perfect the way it is, and want to get rid of the people trying to change it. Do they want to keep their idea because it keeps them in power? Do they deep down think their society is wrong but are too lazy to change it?
With my argument, there comes a lot of opinion questions and I am to give my opinion and ideas to answer these questions. I do believe that others will have conflicting ideas because this is such an open for discussion topic. While people have their opinions and ideas can change from different examples in novels, I want to give the overall outline to the duality shown between whether someone views their society as a dystopia or a utopia.