Similarities Between Brave New World And 1984

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George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World are 20th century dystopian novels that provide alarming predictions of modern society. They are stories of individuals who challenge the ideas and values of the society in which they live, and ultimately fall to the power of the system. In both novels, the notions and practices of the dystopia eerily represent a version of the present. A common and major theme between the two is that of personal freedom and free will. The expression of this theme is different in both novels, and can be applied to today’s society in different ways. In both novels, the control of personal freedom is seen as abnormal. The people of Oceania in 1984 are essentially raised by their government, the Party. The Party controls what everyone says and thinks to the point where no one can think for themselves, and doing so is a punishable crime. The people are conditioned in their everyday life through telescreens, or giant televisions in their houses and all around their workplaces, to believe anything the Party says, including altered facts and records of the past. A slogan of the the Party is, “Who controls the past controls the future; Who controls the present controls the past” (Orwell 248). Individuality is nonexistent in this society. Almost nobody realizes that they do not possess any personal freedom because their idea of personal freedom is what the government has conditioned them to think. Their thoughts are not their own thoughts,
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