This paper explores the use of simulations and utopias in works of literature and film to critique and interpret social problems affecting people in society. Specifically, it examines Miguel de Unamuno's novel Niebla (1914) and Olivia Wilde's film Don't Worry Darling (2022) as examples of how authors use simulated realities to criticize societal issues. Unamuno's novel highlights the protagonist's separation between reality and fantasy, while Wilde's film creates a simulated reality that reveals toxic masculinity and gender stereotypes in society. Both works inspire fear towards technology and highlight the difficulty in distinguishing reality from illusion. This paper ultimately argues that simulated utopias can be effective tools for social critique and commentary.
Stewart, Mattie, "Machismo, masculinidad tóxica y estereotipos del género: simulaciones y utopías en Niebla (1914) y Don’t Worry Darling (2022)" (2023). World Languages and Cultures Senior Capstones. 11.