Comparing Huxley's Brave New World 'And 1984'

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In the novels, Brave New World and 1984, the authors take the positive social aspects and values of community, identity, and stability and corrupt them into a dystopian society. While both books may come as a shock to the system, seeing as they both focus on aspects we are to scared to admit could possibly happen and seem wildly different at points, there are a lot of similarities between the two. Aldous Huxley’s novel is set in a world where the society is kept very carefully balanced: “The World State’s motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY.” (Huxley 1). For example, the means of reproduction is just as closely monitored and controlled as production is. The people are created in order to fulfill a particular purpose in life. George Orwell’s 1984 is considerably less balanced: “WAR IS PEACE FREEDOM IS SLAVERY IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH” (Orwell 4) The population is lacking in quantity due to the constant war raging on throughout the book and is a convenient way of maintaining the standing…show more content…
The dismissal of history takes a far more assertive form in 1984 though. It becomes impossible to understand the true past due to the fact that the events and details of it are constantly in the motion of being rewritten to appease the Party. “Most of it was a tedious routine, but included in it there were also jobs so difficult and intricate that you could lose yourself in them as in the depths of a mathematical problem-delicate pieces of forgery in which you had nothing to guide you except your knowledge of the principles of Ingsoc and your estimate of what the Party wanted you to say.” (Orwell 44). The truth and history becomes what the Party desires it to be. The main character, Winston Smith, takes part in rewriting things that do not please the Party: therefore, he knows that the past has been tampered with but he is still unable to decipher what the truth might
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