Brave New World And The Island

898 WordsOct 31, 20154 Pages
Imagine a perfect world where everything is controlled; your job, your everyday life, even your thoughts. You would never have to think about anything ever again, but Aldous Huxley, the writer of Brave New World and Michael Bay, the director of The Island, both attempt to depict the dangers of this “utopia”. Although Brave New World and The Island both successfully communicate satire, Brave New World is better at eliciting people to think and change. In both Brave New World and The Island, one aspect that communicates satire is the lack of individual thought. For example, in both, everyone in the community has predetermined jobs. In Huxley’s novel, everyone is assigned a job based on their caste level; in Bay’s film, people automatically learn a job to advance society after being cloned. This shows the degree of a government’s control over the population. The societies represented here closely resemble totalitarianism, “[a] form of government that subordinates all aspects of its citizens ' lives to the authority of the state, with a single charismatic leader as the ultimate authority” (Merriam-Webster.com). Because nearly everything is designated to people or enforced strictly, people do not think for themselves. Although this creates a stable society, it also creates a mindless society. For example, on page 28, the Director of Hatchery and Conditioning comments on listening to hypnopaedic phrases, saying, “they’ll have that repeated forty or fifty times more before they
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