EACADEMIC ENGLISH I
Compare and Contrast the societies described in Doctorow’s ‘Printcrime’ and Le Guin’s ‘The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas’.
How far does each of them fit the description of a dystopian (ie controlled, oppressive or negative) society and why?
Content keywords: Society and Dystopian society.
Compare - discuss the similarities of describing both societies in each story.
Contrast - discuss the differences of these societies.
How – Analyse/Examine both societies
Essay Type: Comparative and Argumentative
This essay will analyse the societies illustrated in ‘Printcrime’ and ‘The Ones who walk away from Omelas’. The essay will discuss the similarities and differences between the two societies to compare both of them. It will provide a definition of what a dystopian society is in order to determine whether the society in each stories should be considered dystopian. It will define what a utopian society is in order to examine the difference between a utopian and dystopian society. I argue that the societies in ‘Printcrime’ and ‘The Ones who walk away from Omelas’ represent images of a dystopian society because both are perfect examples of futuristic alternative societies representing a negative view for the future of societies and humankind.
PARAGRAPH 1 Description of the society in Printcrime
Printcrime is a story that takes place in a futuristic society where 3D printers were developed to manufacture physical goods in the same way that digital information are reproduced today (Doctorow 2006, p.242).
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