Battle Royale

Dystopias: The Roundup

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Check out all of the posts from our Dystopias Theme Week here.

Can a Dystopian Society Be Redeemed? Lessons from ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

The Wives have been specially chosen to breed a “perfect” son

And, although The Citadel is ruled by powerful men with disabilities, we understand it to be a fundamentally ableist society. Immortan Joe is questing for a “perfect” son and has clearly chosen The Wives for their beautiful, unblemished, able bodies in an attempt to breed one. We understand that this is a patriarchy in its most extreme form where women have no personhood at all.

Learn from the Future: ‘Battle Royale’

9th grade class photo, looking like students not murderers

And just as the film articulates these contrasting attitudes and dilemmas with regard to controlling powers and zero sum attitudes, so too does it address these issues within themes of gender, sexuality and authority.