Lesson 1 (from Introduction)
Dystopian fiction is the creation of a nightmare world or the opposite of a utopia or ideal world as the setting for the novel. Many novels combine both, often as a metaphor for the different directions humanity can take in its choices, ending up with one of two possible futures. The objective of this lesson is to examine how the writing style of this section reveals the genre of Iron Heel as a dystopian novel.
1) Class Discussion: What is dystopian fiction? Begin with a discussion of this now popular genre. Identify elements of a fictional dystopia in this chapter. How is Iron Heel typical of classical dystopian writing? What elements of the story line are full of fantasy or the imagination? Discuss.
2) Group Discussion: Divide the class into smaller groups. Discuss how the book would be different if the genre was something other than dystopian...
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