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Comparison Of "The Giver" And "Brave New World"

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What one may think of as being a Utopia could be a dystopia to another. Lowis Lowry’s 1993 novel “The Giver” may seem like a remake of the 1932 “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley given their similar plot lines, but these two novels also have their differences. Jonas and Bernard, the protagonists of the novels, both have an intelligence that wants to know more, that wants to know what is outside of this Utopian place they live in. Both Lowry and Huxley have very different family situations. Lastly, both these societies live in their own definitions of Utopia, but the roots of their government have a resemblance to Plato’s Republic.

Although Jonas is very young in age, similar to Bernard, he has a deep curiosity for things that are outside of the Utopia. In Lowry's "The Giver", people are allowed to have feelings; they do not present hatred towards anything. But Jonas wants more in terms of emotions and relationships. He has concern for the people around him and wants to get closer to them. On the contrary, Bernard is conditioned to hate those in a lower caste, but that is the main sense of emotion he is allowed to have. Though he is not supposed to have much feeling or emotion, he does present jealousy and hatred towards the other men. The way the men speak of the women disgusts Bernard; they act as if the women are pieces of meat. Both men from both novels have some sort of physical flaw that outcasts them from the rest of the people. Bernard is shorter than most and Jonas has unusual eyes.

The family situation is quite different in both novels. The members of The Giver community have a structure quite like ours. Each family unit has a mother, father, daughter and son. In Huxley’s novel, each person lives alone in an apartment. They have no spouse or child. The only partners they have are their temporary sexual partners. It is discouraged for them to have one partner for a long period of time. Birth in both societies is significantly dissimilar. Birthmothers, in Lowry’s novel, are the only women that give birth...

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