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"Brave New World" And "Blade Runner" Comparative Study Notes

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Comparative study of text and contextPart one: central London 632AF"A squat grey building of only thirty-four storeys. Over the main entrance the words CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and in a shield, the worlds state motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY."(p1)Our first opinion of such words, 'community', 'identity' and 'stability', all represent ideals of such a new world in which many of us would like to inhibit. As the novel unfolds we see that the states motto by Aldous Huxley become controlled and interpreted by one, the controller. "Stability', said the controller, 'stability'. No civilisation without social stability. No social stability without individual stability" (p33)Stability, community and identity the repetition of these words of independence are anything but, in Aldous Huxley's novel Brave New World the World State is entirely manufactured, from the way you show emotion to your role in society. This dystopian society where science has been the creator, as well as the destroyer of all natural wilderness to produce the 'ideal society'. It is mankind's destruction of anything natural, which results in many problems occurring within this 'ideal' world. Huxley provides us with such a bleak view of this New World to juxtapose the truly dystopic world state to that of the era today. Huxley portrays a world where social cohesion is more valued than individuality and the unpredictability that nature brings with it and we see just how the natural rhythms of humanity create instability and are proscribed by the state. "The worlds stable now. People are happy: they get what they want, and they never want what they can't get". (P 180)John the savage who is brought from a world of entirely different beliefs and emotions, the reservation a place of randomness, wilderness and unpredictability in stark contrast to this unnatural, technologically advanced world. When John speaks of his feelings towards Lenina she begins to undress taking Johns words as an opportunity for sexual activity, for she has been conditioned by hypnopaedia, "the greatest moralizing and socializing force of all time" to not understand what this love means and only acknowledges that monogamy is conditioned against, sex is no longer a bond with meaning and that short term relationships are among the means by which the people of the world state are conditioned to enforce. "Whore, impudent strumpet!... get out of my sight or I'll kill you"(p160) John is astounded by Lenina's actions and does not understand that such a world could produce this promiscuous and ignoble individual, in contrast to the reservation where such acts of reprehensible behaviour is condemned against. When john threatens to kill Lenina, Lenina does not apprehend what it is that she has done wrong following her maternal instincts of sexual freedom. Huxley has illustrated such results of these sleep- teaching methods of hypnopaedia through the characters to emphasise the irony of 'identity' in...

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