Comparison Essay Between 1984 and Bnw

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Dystopias: Why they can be both Pleasant and Disturbing

Human interests play a major role in the agreeability of a society. Dystopias, in some cases, can actually be seen as utopias if one has been conditioned to believe it is, as seen in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. However, if conditioning fails, or, is not exercised, even utopias can very easily become dystopias, such as in George Orwell's 1984. Therefore, what one views as a dystopia, another could easily see as a utopia, and vice versa.

Huxley's Brave New World and Orwell's 1984 are in many ways, very similar. Both novels incorporate class of people who only exist on the outside edge of the society, which the authors use to compare between societies which they believe we
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The ‘care' reserved only for themselves and the continuation of the society in which they can do nothing and receive (almost, in the case of 1984,) everything. The citizens are forced to do all the hard work, with the upper castes in both books being an exception, and intelligence is suppressed. This is done through a variety of ways, the most prominent being the use of indoctrination brain-washing and prohibition of free thinking. Both novels contain a figure which appears almost God-like to the main character. In 1984, this is played by O'Brien and in Brave New World, the part is given to Mustapha Mond. Both Winston and Bernard/John have a hidden love for the leading lady, Julia and Lenina respectively, with whom they experience the forbidden feelings of what, in today's society, one might describe as humane. These feelings include love, passion, hate, pain, a sense of importance, etc. Although the novels take opposite stands on sex, the societies in both books aim for the same goal, to eliminate feelings of romantic love, passion and other strong emotional bonds.

In Huxley's Brave New World, sex is encouraged to ensure the citizens live a life of promiscuity, and reproduction is taken over by machines. The citizens of this world state are conditioned continuously to prevent any feelings from even occurring, a prime example in this case being Lenina, a young girl, whose head is filled with the suggestions of the World

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