Brave New World By Aldous Huxley And The Giver By Lois Lowry

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Humanity is a species that relies heavily on emotion in our day to day lives. Not only do these emotions vary from day to day, but these emotions range throughout the course of a day as well. In novels such as Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and The Giver by Lois Lowry, the idea of a society that relies heavily on the suppression of intense emotion is explored. Does intense emotion hinder the advancement of society or is it what propels us forward? I believe that both Brave New World and The Giver support the idea that a perfect society cannot be created without intense emotion and trying to remove it from life creates stagnation and leaves one feeling unfulfilled. Ignorance is a strange kind of peace and happiness that can be seen in Brave New World. The society is partially built, or at the least, held together by the idea that intense emotion does not exist or is not needed. The government, also known as the World State, does it’s best to shield the public from any harsh emotions that could lead to an upset. The World State clones only those with the best genes fit for their future jobs and conditions the fetuses until they believe that the thoughts instilled in them were truly theirs. The government even teaches its citizens, through repetitive recordings and other kinds of conditioning, to be happy with their lot in life and to respect the jobs of others as well as their position in the world. This helps to quell excessive individuality and gives everyone

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