A Comparison of Brave New World and Blade Runner Essay

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A Comparison of Brave New World and Blade Runner

In the worlds of the narrative text Brave New World (1932), composed by Aldous Huxley and the visual text Blade Runner (Director's Cut) (1992), directed by Ridley Scott, perhaps the most significant thematic concern is that of the intervention into the natural order by elitist human forces. Responders are confronted with stark, forlorn visions of a future that has alienated the natural environment from humanity, creating a society of moral destitution, in which its inhabitants are substantially lacking as human beings. 'Humanity' in these worlds is governed by loss, loss of the 'natural', and loss of spirituality. It is man's obstruction of the
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Lower castes in Brave New World are indoctrinated to hate nature so they remain happy to be incarcerated in the factories doing the work their predetermined social status requires of them. "A love of nature keeps no factories busy. It was decided to abolish a love of nature." This passage serves as a consequential metaphor that assumes an enjoyment and appreciation of the environment impedes industrial progress. Furthermore, the absolutism with which it was consciously decided to "abolish a love of nature" speaks to the extent to which man has sought to eradicate nature in the novel.

This New World Utopia depicts a society where the pursuit of pleasure is not only encouraged but imposed upon its citizens. Juvenile sexual practice is expected, monogamy is a myth and deemed repugnant, and interpersonal romantic relationships are seen as anti-social, and unacceptable. The narcotic soma is ingested with the ultimate objective to create a numbed populace who willingly accept without question their roles and responsibilities in what is a highly oppressive system. In both texts the insignificant, Epsilons of Brave New World and "little people" of Blade Runner, are kept in their place for an essentially sadistic purpose. In Brave New World, in particular, we see that the Epsilons are socially conditioned and indoctrinated through
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