Compare And Contrast Dystopian Essay

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Dystopian Futures in Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four.The existence created by Brave New World is very efficient however it lacks any meaning, humans have no real extremes in feelings, no love, hate, pain and suffering. They are conditioned by technology to accept these things as normal. People are mass-produced to serve the means of the sociality and have no individuality whatsoever, a bleak world eliminating spirit and human nature. Outsiders to this world include Bernard Marx, Helmhotz Watson and John the Savage. All feel different due to individual circumstance and rebel against their Brave New World.The descriptions of futuristic London are rendered in plain style creating a drab, lack of beauty mirrored in the words used. "A squat grey building of only thirty-four stories. Over the main entrance the words, CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and in a shield, the world states motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY. The dictation is simple; the syntax is reduced, like a telegraph conveying only essential instructions. This creates a grey world, which seems very cold.Brave New World is run by a 'World State', A world state would necessitate a single political ideology and a single point of view, which is the motto of Brave New World "Community, Identity, Stability". To achieve the first objective Community Brave New World satirises Christianity encouraging people to reach solidarity through sexual orgy in a service that mimics mass. Life is organised so that a person is almost never alone. Identity is in large part the result of genetic engineering, sleep teaching and various processes undertaken during decanting. It is also achieved by teaching everyone to conform so that anyone who feels slightly different is considered an outcast. The desire for stability requires the production of large numbers of genetically identical "individuals" because people who are exactly the same are less likely to come into conflict. Stability means minimising conflict, risks and changes.Brave New World is written in the third person perspective and therefore has the ability to tell the reader what is going on within any of the character minds. This is particularly useful in showing a cross section of this strange future society. This is used most effectively in chapter three when Huxley uses juxtaposition. The reader hears a babble of voices: Lenina, Fanny and Mustapha Mond, who sound at first chaotic but give the reader understanding of the controllers reasons for control; at the same time we see results of this conditioning in the thoughts and reactions of the other characters The first two chapters are largely presented in lecture format, with the D.H.C. and Henry Foster actually lecturing to students, who diligently and precisely take down notes on what is said, about the technology of Brave New World. Then Mustapha Mond, the World Controller, appears to lecture the students on contemporary theories of sexuality, communal living, social...

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