Comparing 1984 And Brave New World, By George Orwell And Aldous Huxley

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Within the two novels, 1984 and Brave New World, written by George Orwell and Aldous Huxley respectively, they both have an overarching theme of extreme manipulation of society by the government. At first glance, the concept of the approaches used may seem relatively simple, but applying Sigmund Freud’s theories to these methods reveals how each tactic works and why. Both books achieve this all encompassing control in different ways, but they both use Freud's theories of the unconscious mind in a similar fashion. Whether the control is implemented through conditioning or close monitoring of the population’s lives, it is enhanced through Freud’s theories.
Sigmund Freud’s theories on the unconscious mind were developed in 1915. He originally compared the mind to an iceberg, dividing it up into several parts. The conscious mind is like the tip of the iceberg, the part that is visible above the water. It is actually quite small compared to what lies beneath the surface, which is what Freud related to the unconscious mind. The conscious mind consists of what is happening to the person in the present, such as conversation. The preconscious is memories and thoughts that could be brought up to the conscious at any given moment. The subconscious is largely inaccessible to the person, and consists of thoughts and feelings the person may deem unacceptable, which results in them being pushed down and ignored. It is also where all of the person’s profound emotions and opinions are

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