Quest for Truth Depicted in Swift's Gulliver's Travels and Huxley's Brave New World
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The search for the truth may take a lifetime, while for others it may take a year. It all depends on the person and how eager he acts to seek out the truth. The truth within every human being describes an individual’s thoughts that we hold sacred, that make us unique. The following expression “the truth will set you free”, has swept across the nation, through movies and other types of media entertainment. With the knowledge of truth comes great power which houses both good and evil thoughts. If used for evil, it can imprison a person, while for good it can release a man from prison. In Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, both authors use their main characters, John and Gulliver, to find the hidden…show more content…
Although Gulliver finds the truth within all the madness, it ruins him because the truth comes from the Houyhnhnms, who Gulliver respects and wants to please. Now, knowing the truth behind mankind, he lives an exiled life away from human contact and lives with two horses that he cares for and treats as his own.
In Brave New World, Aldous Huxley depicts a world where brainwashing people as well as removing the parenting part of a child’s life, protects secrets and the truth from society. They all go through a brainwashing program called “conditioning”, which predestines future profession and life. Huxley gives the reader more information by having the Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning explain how "[conditioning] is the secret of happiness and virtue-liking what you've got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their inescapable social destiny" (Huxley 16). In the book, Huxley uses his character John to create drama, which helps drive the plot along. In the book, Huxley compares the life of a native to that of a conditioned child. In the article “Review: The Brave New World of Huxley Studies” by Peter E. Firchow, Firchow comments on the works of a man named Ronald Clark who wrote The Huxleys. Firchow summarizes Clark's work by stating, "his observations on Brave New World,