After having read several dystopian novels, I noticed that in most of them there is a prominent presence of advanced technology. The types of technology and its usage varied slightly from novel to novel, but they mostly seemed to be technology that is similar to what exists now or could be feasible in the near future. Technology is very powerful. It can be used to improve people’s lives and provide safety for a society. Some examples include elevators, cars, medicine, and security cameras. However, if taken too far, which is the case in dystopian novels, it is usually used for surveillance, control, and oppression.
When writing literature, authors often reflect their personal situation or society into their writing. They can criticize or explain any number of topics, including but not limited to government, society, race, technology, and human behavior. In dystopian literature, writers often focus on future societies, explaining the destruction of the current society and government. Are the authors criticizing our scientific improvements and technological advancements? How are dystopian novels portraying the future of our society? Can scientific development be taken too far? These are questions that I am asking myself and I would like to research more about.
In my independent reading book, Delirium, by Lauren Oliver, love has been declared a dangerous disease by the government. A cure has been perfected and everyone has had the procedure by the time they turn eighteen. This medical advancement along with restrictions on the intranet, and the type of music and books allowed allows the government complete control over its citizens.
Other types of everyday technology such, as cameras, toll passes, computer bugs, that exist already, were said to be used in Little Brother to track peoples’ every move, in order to track down the terrorists, but instead it seemed like the whole society was just constantly being monitored. The use of cameras for surveillance was also the case in The Hunger Games. While in the arena, each tribute was being monitored through every move they made.
Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. Scholastic Press, 2008.
Oliver, Lauren. Delirium. Harper, 2011.