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Master of Arts (MA)
This thesis explores the role of the protagonist in response to power and language in the dystopian novel. I attempt to show that a novel may be classified as dystopian if it fulfills certain factors that posit language and discourse as fundamental devices of power. These three main factors are as follows: the establishment of an official, totalitarian language, evidence of opposing discourses, and the representation of the protagonist as a figure who deconstructs social reality. My primary texts are Yevgeny Zamyatin's We, Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, and Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.
Valentine, Susan Elizabeth, "The Protagonist's Response to Power and Language in the Dystopian Novel" (1998). Open Access Dissertations and Theses. Paper 5912.
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