WE HUMANS FROM 1984 TO 2084: ART, FAMILY, AND SOCIETY
1984’TEN 2084’E BİZ İNSANLAR: SANAT, AİLE VE TOPLUM

Author : Alper TULGAR
Number of pages : 252-267

Abstract

Although dystopian novels, which approach to their societies from a critical perspective, attract attention to defects in them, and imagines authoritative regimes where technology is at an inconceivable point, are about the future in essence, they do not lose touch with the present. Kaan Arslanoğlu’s novel Sessizlik Kuleleri 2084, a rare dystopian example in Turkish literature, narrates a hundred years after George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, the finest example of the category. The repressive regime destroying individuality in Orwell’s novel continues its existence in 2084 as well. Although the advancement of technology saves the world from destruction, it removes people’s differences and characteristics; at the end it forms a mechanical community. Yevgeny Zamyatin’s novel We is one of the first dystopian novels ever written in the world. The community of the people trying to survive after the Second Hundred Years’ War shares some similarities with the community in 2084. This study investigates how the new systems are reflected in Turkish, Russian, and English novels after the old ones are abolished because of a disaster. The common point of Arslanoğlu’s and Zamyatin’s novels is a global disaster bringing the world to an almost end. On the one hand, there is the world in 2084 which uses the latest technological developments and creates a brand-new society without imagination and diversity, on the other hand there is the repressive world building the Green Wall to isolate not the individuals but the numbers from the rest of the world as the other parts are uninhabitable.

Keywords

1984, We, Sessizlik Kuleleri 2084, dystopia, family, art

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