Comparing Handmaid's Tale And Brave New World

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The novel “Handmaid’s Tale” by Canadian author Margaret Atwood is similar to the novel “Brave New World” by author Aldous Huxley. Both novels take place in the future with a totalitarian government in which their way of life would be considered obscured in today’s society, however it is imperative that everyone conforms for the success of the government. The two authors take different approaches to portray the story such as the motive to writing the story, the setting of the story, and the point of view. In separate interviews, both authors were asked a question about how believable their fiction story was to being reality. Both authors answered by saying that they believe that their story could be a possible future due to current or past …show more content…

He starts out his theory by commenting on the population. His concern was that the population of the world was increasing at a rapid rate, however the resources are not keeping up with demands, there for the goods per capita are decreasing. He believes that this will lead to the government taking more control over society to avoid unstable economy for any country, eventually becoming a totalitarian regime. The use of propaganda was very apparent in Brave New World. Huxley expresses in his interview that due to what he believes, to be over organization and an increase in technology there is great potential for freedoms to be diminished and the gateway to propaganda is open. He explains that due to technology, changing, social conditions are changing as well and people are finding themselves in a situation that they never thought they would be in or doing things they thought they would never do. Huxley uses the example of the Hitler regime and talks about how successful he was at using propaganda even before television. He also emphasizes that the use of propaganda related to the propaganda used by Hitler or Brave New World is only potential if technology is misused, especially on children. Children are more open to suggestibility therefore will be more likely to give in to the propaganda than …show more content…

Wives are the highest social level for women. They are married to Commanders and always wear blue, which is a reference to the biblical Virgin Mary, unless they become a Window, in which the must wear black. Daughters are natural or adopted children of the ruling class and must wear white until they are married. Handmaids are fertile omen whose sole purpose is to bear children for the Commander and his Wife. They dress in red habit that completely conceals their shape, along with red shoes, red gloves, and white wings around their heads. Their name also changes based of the Commander they were assigned to, for example, if a Handmaid was assigned to a Commander named John, name would be Ofjonh until she is reassigned to someone new. Gilead justifies the use of handmaids for procreation based on the biblical story of Jacob and Abraham. Aunts train and monitor the handmaids by making them believe that their role is honorable. They are unmarried, infertile and often older women that directly control and police the women of Gilead. They wear brown and are the only class of women allowed to read and write. Marthas are older infertile women who have domestic skills that work for Commanders and wears green. Econowives are women that have married relatively low-ranking men and are expected to perform all the female functions such as domestic duties,

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