Satire Writing Vs. Factual Writing: A Comparison Of Brave New World And All Quiet On The Western Front (Contains Bibliography)

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Brave New World is arguably Aldous Huxley's most popular novel. Published in 1932 Brave New World has enjoyed immense popularity throughout three generations, and has been printed 27 times in the United States alone. All Quiet on the Western Front is Erich Maria Remarque's most popular novel, selling one million copies during it's first year of print (1928), as well as being translated into English and French within that same year. Both authors based their books on first hand experiences. Huxley's trip to America in 1926 led to the satirically drenched distopic environment of Brave New World, while All Quiet on the Western Front's horror got it's foundation in Remarque's four month stint on the western front during WWI. With these two books sharing similar hectic environments portrayed in two very contrasting styles, one must ask whether or not one style better suits the task. It is my opinion that using the model of Brave New World and All Quiet on the Western Front the satirical style of Huxley is more effective then Remarque's more factual style in describing their two distopic worlds.Aldous Huxley once said, "Maybe this world is another planet's hell." Although I do not know whether or not he said this before Brave New World it seems to parallel the book nicely. Huxley's first two important novels (Antic Hay, published in1923, and Point Counter Point, 1928) express the despair and disillusionment of the post WWI period, Brave New World however was written as Huxley's expression of despair on man's inability to save himself from himself as he saw the growing trend of what he called "Americanization" throughout Europe during the late twenties, and early thirties. With this in mind, one could see that Brave New World is Huxley's version of this planet's hell. To portray this "hell" effectively Huxley paints a rather bleak view of a totally "Americanized" world by building a futuristic distopia where all of the traditional societal rules have been reversed.The story is set in "this year of stability, A.F. 632" which is 632 years after the birth of American car mogul Henry Ford. In the book Ford has achieved god like omnipresence, setup as the everlasting head of the World State, which is a class system that emerged after the Nine Years' War, and the Great Economic Collapse. Ford's World State is a combination of genetic engineering and an immense amount of social conditioning, in which 2,000 million citizens share 10,000 surnames and are nursed into five standardized classes (Alphas to Epsilons, with the Alphas being the intellectuals and Epsilons being referred to as "semi-morons") which ultimately determine every aspect of their lives. Huxley takes Ford's real life revolutionary method of conveyor-belt mass production (the same method that made the Model T popular) and sets it to work beautifully within the social structure of the World State. Children are mass-produced in "hatcheries" where they are bred in a high tech method combining the...

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