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Dystopian Ways Of Life Essay

901 words - 4 pages

In the book Across the Universe by Beth Revis, the main characters Amy and Elder both face challenges regarding leadership and differences in a dystopian world. Dystopia is a way of life in which the world is created to be a perfect society. Revis, through an exaggerated worst-case scenario, describes a dystopian world. Revis portrays the dystopian world through elements consisting of citizens conforming to uniform expectations and qualities, inhabitants living in a dehumanized state, and the people being led by one specific, tyrant leader named Eldest.
First, Revis describes the citizens occupying the ship Godspeed as being one race without many differences. After the main ...view middle of the document...

Amy is unknowingly drugged by drinking the filtered water. When Elder realizes something is not right with her, he thinks to himself, “Her body slumps a little. Her shoulders sag. Even her hair looks limp. ‘What’s wrong with you’” (276). This emphasizes the dystopian characteristic of a dehumanized state among the inhabitants of Godspeed. Amy behaves unnaturally because of the drug that is placed in the water by Eldest. He drugs the entire population so he can ‘control’ the people better. Elder, on the other hand, does not like this idea and decides to rebel. He says to Eldest, “’This isn’t right! You can’t go around taking away emotion! You can’t kill one emotion without killing them all’” (337). He is very torn up over the idea of Eldest taking away everyone’s emotions just so he can rule easier. An example of a dehumanized state in our society is when the Jews were threatened and killed because they were viewed as less than human. They were said to not be normal because of what they did and where they came from. In regards to Eldest taking away everyone’s emotions, his attitude as ruler depicts a dictator.
Eldest is a tyrant ruler in many ways. For example, when Eldest tells Amy she should be thrown off the ship, Amy calls him a ‘regular Hitler’. Elder replies, “’Eldest has always taught me that Hitler was a wise, cultured leader for his people. . . Eldest [must be] a strong central leader, like Hitler was’” (162). Hitler is one of the worst dictators the world has ever known. This just proves that Eldest is an absolute ruler of everyone aboard the ship...

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