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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of the Dystopian Novel The Republic Of The Future

Anna Bowman Dodd’s writing The Republic of the Future was a Dystopian Novel published in 1887. The book was a classic dystopian novel written in response to Utopian Literature. Utopian Literature offers a dramatic storyline and received opposition in the second half of the 19th century. The author wrote this novel in epistolary style.

Dodd targeted the Utopians who advocated socialism and feminism in their writings. She promoted conservative thinking and opposed liberal thoughts in this novel. The author’s narrative focuses on two friends’ letters that they write to each other and exchange knowledge of political and social circumstances around them.

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Author: Anna Bowman Dodd

Genre: Dystopian

 Pages: 98

 Goodreads Rating: 2.78 of 5

 My Rating: 5.6 of 10

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Review and Summary of the Dystopian Novel The Republic of the Future

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Dodd casts her fiction in the form of an epistolary novel. Hannevig received letters from his friend, a Swedish aristocrat Wolfgang, who visited New York as a socialist city in the year 2050. Sweden became a capitalist economy and, it was easy for Wolfgang to contrast the new utopian socialist regime in New York with the Capitalist society at home. Dodd, as an American took a satirical direction at various liberal developments of her era. She first talked about the animal movement through those letters found in New York.

Her primary targets involved innovations that utopians of her age advocated. Dodd pictured a future of New York through her words. New York, she painted as a dreary conformist society. She opposed socialism and feminism strongly. She wrote that people only worked for two hours per day and lived tedious and clean lives.

People could not travel, and it enforced mediocrity on the people. People who were getting good grades in the tests became exiled. Society killed emotions of romance and they raised children in daycare with no amusement in their lives. The technological wonders did not form part of the theme as utopians use in their writings. She showed the replacement of traditional food with nutrition pills. She opposed every single idea of utopian writers.

Final Say on The Dystopian Novel The Republic of the Future

The vision of the future which Dodd gave in her novel explained that a social revolution occurred around 1990. They destroyed the centre of the city using explosives with the aim to reconstruct according to socialist standards. She opposed socialism, liberalism, feminism, animal rights movement and technology. She thought about it pessimistically and wanted to advocate her ideas in opposition to utopian thinking and philosophy.

In my point of view, looking through one perspective and ignoring the other one can never produce a balanced society. She chose a challenging style of writing and executed that professionally. I rated it 5.6 out of 10 based on these analyses. I recommend you read this novel to see things from a different or unique perspective.

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