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Suppression Of Individuality In Huxley's Brave New World And Rand's Anthem

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Fahrenheit 451, a Ray Bradbury book, possesses a stereotypical citizen named Guy Montag. Guy sees the world just the same as any other individual. No true happiness or emotion is ever evoked. In his society, Montag becomes aware that books and other censored items exist in the world, but their presence has no impact on him until a female character enters the story. Talking one afternoon, Montag becomes interest in this female’s opinions on society. He soon concludes that the government is repressing individuality by censoring numerous avenues of entertainment that allow people to form their own thoughts and judgments; done so to maintain social stability. Fahrenheit 451 alludes to the works of Aldous Huxley and Ayn Rand in their novels Brave New World and Anthem, showing society’s suppression of individuality with artificial happiness in an effort to maintain social stability.
Brave New World and Anthem commonly represent societies that suppress individuality with artificial happiness in an effort to maintain social stability. Both novels implant happiness in individuals from birth. Inhabitants in Brave New World are formulated into different social classes: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta and Epsilon. They divide based solely on the need for workers in each division to preserve stability. With each division appears a standard of intelligence that corresponds to each caste’s work, in which human kind has no choice to what level of intelligence they’re delegated. Through hypnopedia, citizens become accustomed to accepting their caste and their caste only. Permanently linked to their work, people in the New World have no capability to individualize themselves. While briefing students on the history of the New World, the Director stated, “And that,’ put in the Director sententiously, ‘that is the secret of happiness and virtue- liking what you’ve got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their inescapable social destiny” (Huxley 16). In Brave New World, the quality of stability is predicated on the community’s suppression of individualism. This suppression lies buried behind a conditioned, synthetic happiness. Similar to Brave New World, Ayn Rand, author of Anthem, illustrates society’s introduction to artificial happiness early in life. In the novel, the Council of Vocations assigns the protagonist and prophet Equality 7-2521 a profession. He must carry this duty with him through the remainder of his life to maintain personal order, in other worlds, social stability. Equality 7-2521 wishes to become part of the House of Scholars, the most prestigious of positions, but discovers disappointment when declared a street sweeper. Equality 7-2521 elucidates, “We would accept our Life Mandate, and we would work for our brothers, gladly and willingly, and we would erase our sins against them, which they did not known, but we knew” (Rand 26). Equality 7-2521 has only known to accept what life has presented to him. He floats on with his tasks...

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