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

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In his book Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman compares the two dystopian societies of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and 1984 by George Orwell. He suggests that “Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us” (Postman). The Party of 1984 maintained control of the people by keeping them under constant surveillance, whereas the government of Brave New World kept the citizens so happy, they never felt threatened enough to put up a fight. Both Brave New World and 1984 multiple methods of fear manipulation to control and restrict the ideas of their societies. Even though manipulation of fear could be necessary for keeping a peaceful society, it is used to restrict ideas in the societies through limiting language and a lack of history, inconsistent legal systems, and multiple methods of control based on perceptions of love and hate.
Both Brave New World and 1984 use language as a mechanism to limit ideas and thoughts. The Party in 1984 forbids its members to keep written records of their lives, and they require that any photographs or documents be destroyed through ‘memory holes,’ which are holes in the ground “whereupon it would be whirled away on a current of warm air to the enormous furnaces which were hidden somewhere in the recesses of the building” (Orwell 21). By destroying all the paper and all the memories, the Party destroys all evidence of the past, which is the only link back to history. In addition to removing
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