Essay Compare and Contrast Themes of Brave New World and 1984

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Two classic novels, 1984 written by George Orwell and Brave New World penned by Aldous Huxley both possess similar topics and themes. In both novels societies are striving for a utopia, or a perfect society. These novels also take place in societies with versions of totalitarian governments, which is a government that rules by coercion. Not only are the topics similar, but in both novels a rebellious character is the protagonist; Winston Smith from 1984 and John the Savage in Brave New World. Another parallel in the books are the tactics that the government uses to instill fear and power over the citizens. A common theme expressed in Orwell’s novel 1984 and Huxley’s novel Brave New World is that government uses
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The Bokanovsky Process is when zygotes are cloned into roughly 32 sets of identical twins. Being part of just a group of cells that were produced desensitizes those to individuality. Although the leaders in the government of this society state that the Bokanovsky Process provides stability which leads to happiness; some characters such as John the Savage crave to escape technology and lack of independence. After his mother had passed away, John the Savage went and spoke to Mustapha Mond who explains: “But people never are alone now, we make them hate solitude; and we arrange their lives so that it’s almost impossible for them to have it” (Huxley 235). The commonality between Brave New World and 1984 is that the prevention of individuality allows the government to control its citizens.
In both 1984 and Brave New World a method to convey government control is displayed in the way both governments control knowledge. In 1984 many of the citizens of London are illiterate and are unable to write. This is because society practically forbids the expansion of knowledge. A Party doctrine in this society is “Ignorance is Strength” (Orwell 4); the slogan prevents a rebellion by conditioning the citizens of Oceania not to crave knowledge. With more knowledge a citizen might discover how the government treats the society and will attempt to challenge it. When this was played over and over again in the background people would start

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