Brave New World and 1984 Compare and Contrast Essay

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Two Different Societies: Two Twisted Foundations Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and George Orewell’s 1984 were both composed surrounding times of war in the twentieth century. The authors were alarmed by what they saw in society and began to write novels depicting the severe outcomes and possiblities of civilizaton if it continued down its path. Although the two books are very different, they both address many of the same issues and principles. In Brave New World Huxley creates a society which is carefully balanced, and the two factors that maintain the balance are reproduction and production. The reproduction aspect comes from the government's control over the creation of people, and breeding them to fulfil particular purposes and …show more content…
These are just a few examples of how the population is dehumanized and dominated by the World State through the use of technology. Huxley seems to have passed over the ideas of automation so that even the lowest in the caste system have a purpose, including toiling away in factories or working in elevators. In both novels the authors abolish the past to serve the beliefs of their governments. In Brave New World this society embraces the misquoted line “History is bunk” and have no intrests in history at all. Anything from the past in this civilization holds no importance. In 1984 they still cast history aside but instead of getting rid of it completely like Brave New World, the government continues to revise it until there is little to no truth left in it at all. The Party revises everything to comply with the requirements of the future. Making the concept of historical truth irrelevant. The family dynamic is abolished in both societies just as effectively as history was. Huxley successfully creates a society that no longer has a need of family. Children are brought up in government facilities where they are conditioned to act and behave to benefit society. In Orewell’s world, the family is subverted. Children are taught to be loyal and obedient to the Party, and are encouraged to spy on and betray their parents, making children just another way of gathering surveillance on the public. This horribly inappropriate
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