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Alex Thompson Mr. Flood Senior English Dystopian Lit. Period 3 November 30, 2009 Non-Fiction Influencing Fiction History and English are usually associated as courses in school that “go together.” Many times there is history in a book or a writer that influenced history. The interesting part is that although we learn about how history is intertwined in literature, it is more prevalent in books than people think, especially, to the surprise of many, in fiction. Authors commonly draw from the world around them to create stories that instill fear, passion, anger and sorrow. And although people tend to go to books to escape the world they are living in, they’re not really escaping it at all. It follows them, masked or unmasked, though usually ending in the way the reader hopes their reality will end. And then the novel is passed down to the next generation and it becomes their history, yet they receive an inside look at how people were feeling or how history was unfolding, usually
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Unformatted text preview: without even knowing it. A very common type of literature that draws from the circumstances around them is dystopian literature. Dystopian literature is most often negative and the writing style is dark and intense. One could spend years decoding every historical element of dystopian novels, yet to start, the easiest and largest category is dystopian leaders. Dystopian literature seemed to experience a boom in the 20 th and 21 st centuries or even a rebirth if one would like to call it that. Such works as 1984 by George Orwell, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, The Road by Cormack McCarthy, Children of Men by Cuarn and Timothy J. Sexton. Dystopian authors used many different yet similar writing styles to give life to their antagonists, the leaders of their particular dystopian government. They drew from outside influences of their time as well....
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This note was uploaded on 10/25/2011 for the course UW 20 taught by Professor Busse during the Spring '08 term at GWU.

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