I'm trying to help my son understand an essay question but am having trouble understanding the question myself. He's studying George Orwell's 1984 and the essay question is this:
Dystopian texts are valued because they emphasize the importance of the individual in his or her particular context.
I'm not looking for an answer to the actual question but rather an explanation of what it's actually asking. In particular who is the individual — do they mean the author? And if so, do they mean the importance of the author at the time the book was written, importance to literary history, or something else?