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Lauren GodbyMs. WootenEnglish IV Honors18 November, 2014In Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, there are many similarities between these two books, yet many differences. They have contrasting views whether it involves sex, relationship interaction, reproduction, class systems, or force/control by the government. In both novels, the controlling is the most significant contributor to both dystopian societies. This is such a powerful factor to the people and to their beliefs they are conditioned to believe in which results in the stripping away of individual freedoms. Historically, there are Both Brave New World and The Handmaid's Tale use similar techniques to achieve this control, yet take different approaches. (add any historical background)Like Handmaids Tale, the society of the World State is controlled in all aspects of the citizens lives, but done so by the Ten Controllers. Society is based on the rigid caste system, where they are defined by the specific colors worn-representing their class jobs. They are divided into 5 castes with Alphas being the intellectuals, Epsilons doing the labor, and the others fill jobs somewhere in between. Peace is established by the conditioning of young minds and by tranquilizing the adults by their own drug, soma, which was their only escape to freedom. This novel was focused mainly on the control that the government had on the people and to portray the amount of power it had on them. Brave New World undergoes many experiments with relationships, relating to John the Savage, a unique individual who yearns for a love and relationship. John has emotion and passion, whereas everyone else in this dystopian society is not allowed to have these type of feelings. He has his own love for Lenina, which eventually lead to his banishment to another island in order to be isolated from society. He was an outsider and rebelled against the control by the government. Control over the society is seen as costly instead of helpful, creating a conflict from feelings of bitterness between John and the society. The controllers were obsessed with trying to make the World State a utopian, perfect society. But the amount of control they pressured on the people resulted in this society becoming a chaotic dystopia. Therefore, a totalitarian governed environment based on science, machines, technology, and a lack of religion cannot survive. This becomes a major conflict within this society, but the people don't necessarily see this problem because of the way their brains were conditioned at a young age.In the Gilead society of The Handmaid's Tale, there are different castes which are also expressed through different colors. The Handmaid's are dictated and controlled by the Commanders, who only use them for reproduction. Sex is prohibited in the Republic of Gilead, unless used for the only sole purpose of reproduction. We hear from the point of view of Offred, a Handmaid, the protagonist of the novel....

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