Setting - MrsPriceYear12English

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Dec 12, 2012 (4 years and 7 months ago)

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Analyse how

the
setting

of a t
ext (or texts) you have studied
influenced your understanding

of the
ideas

in the text (or texts).
(Note: Setting may include reference to time, place, historical or
social context, or atmosphere.)


Historically dystopian
texts are set in the future, however, they act as
a warning about how we live in society today.

The dystopian setting
in Feed, by MT Anderson helped me understand that

an over reliance
on technology could lead to a breakdown of society.

Feed is set in th
e
distant future where people are controlled by a microchip embedded
in their

brains, they do not
think twice about things such as genetic
engineering or cloning and they blindly follow the trends or fads
delivered to them via the feed by the corporations.

Therefore the
setting helped me understand that our dependency on technology
could have disastrous consequences if we continue down the path
that we are on.


In the futuristic setting all of the characters rely so heavily on the
feed that they are unabl
e to function when it is taken away
.

Feed
shows us a future
w
h
ere the majority of the public
believes

that the
microchip that they have planted in their brain is a necessity. The
world around them is crumbling, however, they are all happy as long
as they

have access to the constant stream of information.

We see
how important the feed is when Titus states, “Computers were all
outside the body. They carried them around outside of them, in their
hands, like if you carried your lungs in a briefcase and open
ed it to
breathe.
” This simile shows that Titus believes that they need the
feed to survive. It is as important as breathing.

This helped me
understand that the people will continue to hunger for more access
to technology until they live in a time that
they can no longer live
without it.

Because of where and how they live they have no concept of the
moral and ethical issues that surround the genetic engineering of
their meat or cloning of individuals.

One of the places that the
characters visit in the
novel is Fillet Mignon Farm, which is a place
where meat is genetically engineered. The characters are fascinated
by this rather than revolted as most people would be. Society finds
concepts such as cloning individuals quite commonplace, even
creating ni
cknames based on their clone.

Titus tells the reader that “it
was like these huge hedges of red all around us, with these beautiful
marble patterns running through them.” The first person narration
gives us an idea of how the character feels about the set
ting, he is in
awe of it using emotive language such as “beautiful pattern” to create
an image in the readers head.

We also find out that Titus’ friend that
he calls “Link” is actually “a genetic clone of Abraham Lincoln.” This
is shocking to the reader
, however, we can tell that Titus and his
friends are not fazed by it. They call him “Link” short for Lincoln,
proving that it is more of a joke, that and ethical or moral issue.


The people in Feed are no longer aware that they are being
brainwashed and
controlled through constant information broadcast
directly into the brain.




Setting

Dystopian

Future

Controlled by corporations



Ideas

Warning for today

Do not rely on technology

Control and freedom of thought


independence

Monetary value on human righ
ts

Value of knowledge and history


“They used to carry computers around….


“We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck”


“…I remember, as the last forests fell…..”


“…It is not the will of the American people… to believe
the allegations that were made by
these corporate ‘watch” organizations…”


“It was like these huge hedges of red all around us with beautiful marble patterns
running through them.”


“We are hovering in the air while people are starving……. and our skin is f
alling off.”


“My mom had lost so much skin you could see her teeth, even when her mouth was
closed.


“School


is not so bad now, not like back when my grandparents were kids, when the
schools were run by the government, which sounded completely like, Nazi
, to have the
government run the school?”


Bp1
-

reliance on technology
-

“computers were all outside the body.
they carried them around outside of them, in,their hands, like if you
carried your lungs in a briefcase and opened them to breathe.

“it is really
great to know everything about everything. just to have it
in our brains.”


Bp2
-

cloning/Biogenetic Manipulation.


“it smelled like the country.
it was a filet mignon farm, all of it, and it was spread for miles
around the paths where we were walking.it
was like these huge
hedges of red all around us, with these beautiful marble patterns
running through them. they had these tubes, they were bringing the
tissue blood, and we could see the blood running around, up and
down.”