The author presents this to us by showing the reaction John had as soon as he entered to the alpha plus classroom. “Five minutes in that Alpha Double Plus classroom left John a trifle bewildered” (Huxley). We can see that the alpha plus boys take a higher level education that provides them greater knowledge, since knowledge is power, they are educated to be the most powerful people in society. Each social class has a built in mindset that makes them think their social condition is more suitable than others. According to Huxley, every person needs to be happy with what they do.
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).
Bloom’s Eros Specialization is not one of the major themes in Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind. However, I find it necessary to address what Bloom calls eros. In my opinion, this is a very important term that has to be dealt with in order to reasonably discuss the impact and role of specialization in today’s society later on. Bloom describes a person’s eros as “the enticing awareness of incompleteness and the quest to overcome it (p.132)”.
In democratic countries, people often believe that they are free to choose their destinies, while in fact, everyone’s life is controlled in one way or another. The idea of manipulated life and freedom is a popular subject in dystopian fiction and film. The novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, the film Never Let Me Go by Mark Romanek, and the TV episode “Number 12 Looks Just Like You”, Twilight Zone are all examples of exploring how social control of life and freedom does not benefit the individuals. Life has been controlled by society. In Brave New World, the World Controllers control people’s intelligence by manipulating the oxygen amount supplied to their embryos.
Jacob Irish Irish 1 Ms. Matthews HSE 3: Period 5 3 November 2014 Conformity versus Individuality “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment” (Ralph Waldo Emerson). Conformity and equality may seem desirable at first; however, it actually takes away one’s individuality. Ray Bradbury warned about this in his novel Fahrenheit 451. His novel takes place in a futuristic society in which advanced technology and government censorship erases any interest in books and establishes the enjoyment of simple pastimes as suspicious. Due to technological advances which have produced fire-proof houses, firemen burn books.
The book, Fahrenheit 451, written by Ray Bradbury brought to light some scary yet plausible ideas on the future of the world. In the novel, firemen are ordered to burn books and the public is brainwashed into worrying more about materialistic happiness than taking the time to think. The epigraph at the beginning of the book reads, “If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.” This quote is Ray’s way of drawing attention to the simple fact that although society will do its best to conform people to their liking, people must always challenge to question and rebel against the norm. One way this epigraph ties well with the book would be the ongoing challenging of the society that the main character, Montag, does all throughout the book.
Henry Ford was famous for the perfection of mass production and the assembly line. Throughout reading the book, the citizens honor Ford like we honor our Lord or Christ. This gives the reader the idea that society in the book has no sense of religion it also shows us that religion has been replaced with technolo. In Brave New World, humans are massed produced and grown with the help of the assembly line. Production and efficiency stand out as two values that are taken very seriously in the book.
The different traits from one another will be the one thing that will help you later in life. People who see things differently end up changing the world or having an effect on it. The author talks about how every single one of us is weird, and uses Benjamin Franklin as an example. The article “Isn’t Everyone a Little Bit Weird” explains how Benjamin Franklin was “One of the framers of the United States Constitution, Franklin (1706-1790) was a leading author, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, activist, and businessperson” (Isn’t Everyone a Little Bit Weird 3). Franklin was considered weird, one reason is because, he would take air baths (naked) while writing essays.
The Veldt Essay “The Veldt” is a short story written by Ray Bradbury and he talks about an issue that we are dealing with in our modern time, and it’s how newer technologies are taking over our minds and lifestyles. The author, Bradburry, is trying to prove that depending so much on technology and gadgets would ruin life styles and it brainwashes the people’s mind. Newer technology is also responsible for separating families apart, taking over the newer generation’s minds, and finally it causes the technology owners to become lazier and less productive. To begin with, technology is clearly separating family members apart since everyone is busy using some sort of technology that is distracting them from bonding or even connecting with one another every once in a while. The father was upset regarding how technology is affecting their family in a bad way so he proceeded to say this, “Why don’t we shut the whole house off for a few days and take a vacation”.
Take for example the World State’s motto which can be found on the very first page of the text. “Community, Identity, Stability.” (Huxley, 1) This phrase is ironic because in order for there to be stability in a community such as Brave New World, there cannot be identity. From birth, this sense of identity is lost for all caste members expect for the Alphas and Betas, since Gammas, Deltas and Epsilons are all essentially cloned.
Well known article writer, Leonid Fridman, in his article, “America Needs Its Nerds”, describes the truthful idea that nerds and geeks, in our society, are ostracized while the kids who play sports and party are prominent. Fridman’s purpose is to impress upon the readers that nerds should not have to conform to society’s unimpressive values of what it means to be “popular”. He adopts an indignant tone in order to convey to his readers that the idea of nerds and geeks needs to fought. Fridman moves to the idea that children who would rather read and build model airplanes are the social outcasts compared to the ones who would rather play football and get wasted at parties.
Dylan Sutherland Mrs. Bruni ENG3U October 19th 2015 Brave New World The society of Brave New World is a very advanced society in the means of technology. In Brave New World there is little to no examples of technology leading to good outcomes in the society and almost all of the time it leads to things going wrong and many consequences. Like our society at this time, they use technology for a lot of their daily tasks. With technology comes a lot of positives and advancements in our society but at the same time technology has negatives and is not necessarily for the better.
At this day in age, perfection seems to be something everyone strives for. With the rise and popularity of social media it makes it a lot easier to create that false perfection. Whether you’re showing off your appearance, friends, partying, clothing, and traveling via social media, something is still missing within our pop culture obsessed society. Imperfections. The ugly truth is never projected where the rest of the world can see it.
In both Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and George Orwell’s 1984, dystopian futures exist under different influences. Neil Postman, a contemporary social critic, asserts that the vision within Huxley’s novel is more relevant in today’s world than is Orwell’s. Orwell’s 1984 cautions a society oppressed by systematic oppression, government surveillance, and the alteration of the past itself. On the contrary, Huxley warns of a society “frittered away”, as Thoreau once said, by distractions, pleasures, and complacency. Although 1984 is surely relevant in today’s world, Postman is correct in his assertion that Brave New World envisioned many of modern society’s problems.