The Heart Goes Last Themes & Motifs

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Dystopianism

Dystopianism is an important theme in the novel “The Heart Goes Last” by Margaret Atwood. Dystopianism involves a government, organization, association, or company, that exercises tremendous or total power and influence in the lives of everyday people, often denying their human and legal rights in the name of the greater good. Those in power will do whatever it takes to retain power, and will do whatever is necessary to secure their own ends. On the surface, those with power have the stated goal of helping the people, but in reality, all they do is harm people.

In the novel, the Positron Project is the dystopian entity which seeks to extend its power and control around the world. Originally formed by Ed, Jocelyn, and other members of the academic and think-tank classes, Positron was initially designed to do two things in one – eliminate crime and eliminate unemployment...

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