Compare The Descriptions Of The Society Of '1984' And 'brave New World' In The First Three Chapters Of Each Book. Huxley And Orwell Comparison.

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In both '1984' and 'Brave New World' the societies represent a totalitarian regime, with one leader, one idea and one-way of life. Both display the nonsensical idea of there being only one permitted way of thinking.From the opening paragraph of '1984' the reader becomes aware of the unsanitary environment. Its surrounding world is grey and unwelcoming, "a swirl of gritty dust". The main character in the novel, Winston Smith seems not to benefit from the benefits provided by society. Being only thirty-nine and already the victim of "a varicose ulcer above his right ankle," his life expectancy is evidently low as a result the everyday life he must endure within, "the age of Big Brother". The lift out of order due to power shortages, the general cleanliness of the area diabolical and the Victory Gin and Cigarettes cheap and repulsive.'Brave New World' on the other hand is a contrasting opposite, Huxley portrays a clean and sterilised world, glowing with the essence of health and life, "the overall of the workers were white, their hands gloved." Existence for the people of this "Brave New World," is rich and sumptuous, only the best is provided."a blast of warmed air dusted her with the finest talcum powder."The worlds created in each of the texts have ensured methods of controlling its citizens in order that they believe in and follow religiously its prominent and tyrannical leaders. In '1984' social control is carried out from an early age, training children to follow commands, which is evidently similar to the Hitler Youth association set up during the Second World War. By controlling all children they have yet to develop prominent memories, a close link between parent and child can be severed and are easily taught to believe what is right."Both of them were dressed...the uniform of the spies."However genetic control is the method proven most effective in 'Brave New World's' governing bodies believing it is best to "condition" the people of its society before they have the chance to experience anything different to what is considered normal, " Central London Hatchery and Conditioning." Children in the society of "Brave New World," are not born naturally to two parents, "they used to be viviparous," but are manufactured and genetically modified, "the fertilising room," to fit the specifications set by the ruling government.To ensure that the rigid guidelines set by Big Brother in '1984' are obeyed, the "Thought Police," a secret police service created by the author, whose aims are to make sure that members of each of the Party's making up its social system are given no choice but to conform. By removing the basic human right of freedom of thought the possibility of rebellion is removed, as by having the thought itself is a crime, punishable by death, "You were abolished, annihilated: vaporisation was the usual word." By being vaporised, an identity and life is not only killed and lost, records that can be used to trace a person are rewritten to...

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