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What is public domain? For works created after 1977, the term of copyright is life of the author plus seventy years. However, previous copyright acts had different rules, and those rules will affect the duration of pre-1978 works. 




    Utopia versus Distopia

    Lois Lowry's The Giver is considered a dystopian novel. Unlike utopian works, which describe ideal societies, dystopian literature gives a negative view of the future of society and humankind. 

    dystopia is a society in which the conditions of life are extremely bad, caused by oppression, terror, or deprivation.  The qualities of a dystopian novel might include these traits:

    • A government body, military force, or evil leader is in place in society.
    • There is inequality among the citizens and a class system that is followed.
    • Society is segregated and oppressed.
    • The underlying message promotes desperation and a feeling of doom.
    • Often, the message of a dystopian novel is meant to act as a warning about the current state of our world or the direction in which it is headed.

    Using these guidelines, a few of the best examples of a dystopian society are George Orwell’s1984The Hunger Games series; and The Giver.




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