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Brave New World Essay

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The Longer Lasting World

Brave New World and 1984 are two novels that both take place in a totalitarian world; however the two worlds are very different. Huxley explains a world where the only things that are forbidden is having babies, being unhappy/questioning the state, and refusing to do the jobs and duties assigned to them. Contrastingly, 1984 is much more restrictive in the fact that they have complete control over the people, not allowing them to find love, not giving them privacy, nor allowing them to think badly about the government. Furthermore, in 1984 the government puts effort in inducing fear in the citizens by saying that they are in war, and they also use threats of ...view middle of the document...

(Huxley 161)
The fact that Hemholtz “guffawed” means that he found the whole scene obscured to the point that it humoured him. Additionally the fact that he called Juliet “idiotic” for loving Romeo indicates that he does not believe in love and devotion. He even said the whole scene was irresistibly comical. This proves that the society is brainwashed and taught at a young age that there is no such thing as love and are trained to think of it as a disgrace. Orwell’s novel portrays sex as not beneficial to the government and thus it is illegal, unless it occurs between a married couple (which the government arranges) in order to have children, in that case they encourage it because they need more citizens. This is also where the two worlds differ. In Huxley’s world, the state has total control over the population because they are all test tube babies; the only thing that can threaten this is if people start getting pregnant, then they will lose their control, which is why it is illegal to have a family or to love, so that this is prevented. However in Brave New World they make the people believe that love is bad at a young age, where as in 1984 they don’t; this ensures happiness in Huxley’s world, but misery in Orwell’s.
Furthermore both societies use technology as a way of control, and both societies are very dependent on it. In Orwell’s world, we see the use of telescreens, whereas Huxley’s society has hypnopaedia and the Bakonovsky process. Brave New World uses their technology to control the entire population. In 1984 we see that the telescreen takes away the privacy of the people and doesn’t allow them to say or do what they please. The people “had to live-did live, from habit that became instinct-in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every moment scrutinised” (Orwell 5). Winston explains how he and his fellow citizens have to live, what he means by this is that the telescreens have cameras and microphones that listen to everything someone says and watch everything someone does, and the only place that a person could be safe is in darkness, because the telescreens cannot see you then. It is evident that Huxley’s society has a more effective way of using technology. They have full control over the population by using the...

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