Dystopian Literature Terms Grades 6-7

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dystopia
A futuristic, imagined universe in which oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society are maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral, or totalitarian control. Dystopias, through an exaggerated worst-case scenario, make a criticism about a current trend, societal norm, or political system.
utopia
A place, state, or condition that is ideally perfect in respect of politics, laws, customs, and conditions.
propaganda
biased or misleading information used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
satire
the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or problems.
equality
the state of having the same status, rights, and opportunities.
society
the group of people living together in a more or less ordered community.
dramatic irony
when the reader/viewer knows more than the character in the story
verbal irony
when someone says the opposite of what they mean
situational irony
when the opposite, or almost opposite, of what one would expect to happen happens
protagonist
the leading character or one of the major characters in a drama, movie, novel, or other fictional text.
antagonist
a person or entity/organization who actively opposes or is hostile to someone or something; an adversary.
government
the governing body of a nation, state, or community.
corruption
dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power
theme
the author's message or lesson regarding an important topic
conflict
when someone wants or needs something, but something or someone is in the way
rebellion
an act of resistance against a government or authority in power