Both Fight Club and Brave New World illustrate utopian societies; however, the utopia Brave New World attempts to create is primarily governed by technological progress, whereas the utopia Fight Club attempts to create is primarily governed by consumerism. Both novels show that an obsession with either technological progress or consumerism creates a dystopic society.
Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World illustrates a utopian society; however, the utopia that Brave New World attempts to create is predominantly governed by technological progress. Throughout the novel, Aldous Huxley shows that an obsession with technological progress creates a flawed and dystopic society.
In the novel, Huxley exhibits a utopian society where the citizens are free of anxiety and discomfort due to technological advancements, and are conditioned from birth to agree with their social and economic status. The World State’s main goal is to create a society in which stability is achieved through technological progress, and in order to achieve stability, the World Controllers focus on creating a ‘perfect’ community. To produce this ‘perfect’ utopian community, the World Controllers apply advanced technology to create individuals using a method of mass-production, called the “Bokanovsky’s Process”, where humans are manufactured on an assembly line, and placed into a social class while they are still embryos in a test tube.
The Bokanovsky’s Process refers to the division of a single “bokanovskified egg, which will bud, [and] will proliferate” (Huxley, 6). The egg will swiftly divide, creating approximately eight to ninety-six buds, which “will grow into a perfectly formed embryo, and every embryo into a full-sized adult, [which makes] ninety-six human beings grow where only one grew before. Progress” (Huxley, 6).
The Bokanovsky’s Process is one of the...