Brave New World by Aldous Huxley introduces us to a brave and frightening new world. In this futuristic world we see a society that is divided into unbreachable social classes that depends on science for everything. This society chooses to pursue comfort and happiness, no matter the sacrifice. In Huxley's novel, he shows a world that sacrificed everything that society should actually value for social stability. We can understand Huxley’s intentions and the meaning of his novel by observing his characters and their values that they hold dearly.
The government brainwashes their citizens to get them to be unquestioningly loyal to the party. The issue of brainwashing stands out as one of the most important topics in this book as well as one that is very relevant to today. Orwell communicates through his book that brainwashing is pervasive and destructive to our sense of reality and logic as human beings, and that it has a negative impact on the citizens subjected to it. Orwell expresses this belief especially at the end when Winston is in the ministry of love. We get to see the party’s thoughts in full detail as O’Brien explains everything to Winston and simultaneously brainwashes him.
"I was not predicting the future, I was trying to prevent it" (Bradbury). The world illustrated in Fahrenheit 451 isn 't that far off from our own. Technology has become a very influential part of everyone 's lives, and has control over people’s actions and thoughts. Ray Bradbury uses the themes mass media, conformity vs. individuality, and censorship in his dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451, to capture a futuristic world in which books are illegal and technology is consuming society. Mass media is a significant theme throughout the book, Fahrenheit 451.
Bradbury’s stories follow a similar genre which is a dystopian feeling where the characters realize what the world has come to be (“Fahrenheit”). Fahrenheit 451, takes place in a dystopia or “... a dehumanizing environment… where the state keeps citizens in thrall be denying them the kinds of positive, useful intellectual stimuli found in books” (Huntington 107). A dystopia is a future where life is appalling. In their attempt to make a perfect future, the government instead created a dystopia where people are destroying their only sense of truth, joy and humanity (Hamblen). Bradbury is trying to convey that, “Dystopian novels show that any attempt at establishing utopia will only make matters much worse” (Dietz).
Government has the authority to lead the people, but there is an extent of their control. The novel Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess, depicts a dystopian world of extreme crime and violence. However, while the depicted society does condemn violence, it also facilitates the destruction of humanity and the autonomy of individuals. When a human is depersonalized and stripped of their free will, they are simply the “clockworks” under the control of their oppressors. They are no longer a person; rather, they are the robot that is programmed to give more power to the government.
Although the two deprive the citizens from science and therefore the truth that’s it as far as the similarities go. In 1984, Oceania used fear and intimidation to brainwash the citizens and use constant surveillance as their main tool. Yet, in Brave New World happiness is what the world state tries to achieve because why would anyone want to change anything if their truly happy? They are so conditioned and blinded that they don’t even realize how truly unhappy they are. The use of technology is much more evident in Brave New World than it is in 1984.
These different messages come together to form one powerful message to his readers. He wanted to comment on the declining state of America’s values, and how he wanted that to change. In Catch-22 Heller wanted to show readers what war did to nations, and wanted to help open people's eyes to the dehumanization of it all. Something Happened was a much different than the previous book, but kept the focus on America. He wanted to show how corporations make people into faceless and all around insignificant beings, and their effects on the human psyche.
To bring awareness to the instabilities in the world authors like George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, and many more generate a certain genre of writing classified as dystopian fiction, which manifests the flaws our society possess. These texts captivatingly link to the world today, and often identify crucial problems in society such as totalitarianism, conformity, and technology. Total government control limits freedoms and forces society to unwilling submit to serving the country and interest of the government, not themselves. In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World “power has been centralized and government control increased” (Huxley XIV) thusly the people in the Brave New World Society are confined to a bubble of freedoms; this has several implications. First, society's watch on the government has been eclipsed, giving government the ability to act freely without any punishment or resistance from its people.
Harrison Bergeron by Vonnegut and The Pedestrian by Bradbury warn readers about the dangers of conformity and total equality through a loss of individuality in society and the cruelty of a totalitarian government. In today’s society, some countries’ citizens are lucky to have individual freedom. It is a blessing to be able to be whoever you want to be, but conformity and total equality can ruin that. Vonnegut and Bradbury portray this warning in Harrison Bergeron and The Pedestrian by describing societies where citizens aren’t blessed and must live under oppressive governments enforcing conformity and total
She starts to get all depressed and makes her feel uncomfortable about her mark. In the end, Aylmer tries to remove the mark and when doing so he ends up killing his wife. The mark was connected to her life and when you take it from her she can't live anymore. That shows how there are some consequences for when you try to change people. That is how in the story the, “The Birthmark” Aylmer the main character develops conflict between him and his wife and suffers the consequences from trying to change her.
Her lies caused a negative chain of events in the form of the hangings. Judge Danforth is also responsible as he is the legislator and has the power to decide the verdict. Abigail Williams is Reverend Parris’s niece. She is also the former nanny for John and Elizabeth Proctor. She was fired due to having an affair with John, who doesn’t care for her especially after he witnesses her lie.