Dystopian Literature: Synthesis Assignment
This assignment requires a CLOSE reading of the dystopian literature covered so far this year. Consideration of
how the texts reflect societal issues of the time and how they link to our world today should be established. You
must choose at least two texts from the list below:
A Clockwork Orange
The Handmaid’s Tale
Brave New World
“The Machine Stops”
The assignment requires the following:
1. Choose at least two excerpts from the dystopian literature listed above. Each excerpt should be
approximately one page in length.
2. Photocopy the two excerpts (you may even be able to find them online).
3. Complete a close reading of each excerpt using the handout on textual analysis provided in class to help
you. Show that you have engaged with the literature through colour coding, highlighting and annotating.
This will be submitted with your assignment. (10 marks)
4. Once you have followed the steps above, find a point of comparison between the texts and complete the
synthesis assignment below:
Write a compare and contrast essay of at least 1000 words, explaining how the two extracts fit within
the genre of dystopian literature. Whilst you focus one the two excerpts it is important that you relate
you points to the novel as a whole. This is a very broad topic; therefore, it is up to you to come up with an
essay title which coincides with your excerpts.
Show how the extracts compare/ contrast through a visual representation of the ideas in each. This
may take any format that you want. However, your visual representation must be accompanied with a
written explanation (approximately one page in length).
Come up with an idea of your choice as to how these two texts compare. You must have this option
approved by me.
Each of the options above is worth a total of 50 marks
Whilst option A may seem like the most difficult option, options B and C are just as dense if completed
properly. All of the options should reflect insight and understanding of the excerpts and how they
contribute to the meaning of the text as a whole.
(Total: 60 marks)