A Comparison of Utopian Societies

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Ever since the worlds first nation state was created, the number one goal of its citizens has been to create the “perfect” society. To a majority of people in the novels Brave New World (c.1932) by Aldous Huxley and The Giver (c.1993) by Lois Lowry, a utopia and “perfect” society has been accomplished. But at a second glance, the world that Huxley creates and Lowry’s community are actually totalitarian dystopias with many secrets. The similarities of both novels are evident and some readers may make the conclusion that Lowry simply wrote a spinoff of Huxley’s novel. Yes, the similarities of these two novels are phenomenal, but so are the differences. Both novels take place in a futuristic society, yet both communities are distinctly…show more content…
The advanced technologies of both societies allow total control to be possible and the elusion of a utopia to be created. The members of each society have agreed to relinquish some freedoms and pleasures in order to reach a utopian state. The people of both novels have in essence “gained control of many things. But […] had to let go of others.”(Giver95). Both novels feature a man who represents authority and order in their society. Mustapha Mond and the Giver are two men who are entrusted with the order and authority of their respective societies, they are the men who “make the laws”(BNW192). The principal conflict of both novels is person vs. society and both Mond and the Giver are leaders/representatives of their societies, so the argument can be made that both of these men are the antagonists of their novels. Mond and the Giver are also given access to things the rest of their communities haven’t even heard of. Both Mond and the Giver are granted the privilege of access to an enormous quantity of restricted pieces of literature. Mond in particular has access to the complete works of William Shakespeare. Brave New World and The Giver may both be sci-fi dystopian novels, but they are unique in their own ways. The major difference in both novels is the family and social
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