Images of Human Dystopia

Camilla Piilmann Pedersen, Frederik Fønss Stilling, Line Sinius & Natacha Guldbrandsen

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


This project wishes to examine how the major themes are portrayed in the two dystopian science fiction works Fahrenheit 451 and Player Piano, and how these themes correlate with the contemporary society of their authors. The project defines relevant genres and terms, especially focusing on those within, and relating to science fiction. The project also seeks to map out relevant historical points and events, to better put the history of the novels into perspective. The project wishes to illuminate the themes through literary and comparative thematic analysis. The project seeks to contextualize the major themes with the shifting dynamics within American society, where the role of individuals was rapidly changing in an increasingly industrialised society. These two novels explore what impact these changes may have on the human condition against the backdrop of a dystopian society of the future. The discussions aim to highlight certain problems within the societies in the novels, such as gender-representation, dependence on machines and how the novels relate to the society in which they were written. Through the literary analysis it is concluded, that the prominent themes are ‘Ignorance is bliss’, ‘The search for authenticity’ and ‘the redundancy of man’. These themes are further explored in the comparative thematic analysis, after which we conclude that these themes point towards a frustration with living a life complicated by balancing human values and technological progress. The project concludes, with a discussion on the portrayal and significance of women and children in the books, and on the human dependency on machines. Lastly, the project concludes based on the discussion, about the novels’ connection to their contemporary society, that a novel cannot be disassociated with its present. There will always be some of the current society manifested in the literary work.

UddannelserEngelsk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Antal sider43
VejledereIda Klitgård