An Analysis Of ' Harrison Bergeron ' And ' Brave New World ' By Aldous Huxley

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Often in our society, people stifle their individuality in an attempt to fit in with others. This idea is taken a step further in both “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley. These texts demonstrate different ways in which one can surrender their unique traits and how when people lack individuality, they lose aspects of themselves that make them human such as thoughts and emotions. In Vonnegut’s text, people who have talents that exceed others are required to wear handicaps so that everyone is equal. In Huxley’s text, embryos are engineered and trained after birth to be the same in adulthood. In both stories, the authors use description and dialogue to show the reader how individuality is critical to humanity because if everyone is the same eventually they become less human and start acting more like machines.

Huxley and Vonnegut both use description to give background information to reveal how people are affected when they are no longer individuals. In Huxley’s novel, description is used in the beginning of the book to show the reader how people are treated more like manufactured items than individual humans. “Standard men and women; in uniform batches. The whole of a small factory staffed with the products of a single bokanovskified egg” (Huxley 7). It could be argued that this evidence shows the craft move tone more than dialogue. However, in this part of the text the author is describing how this society functions and only shows…
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