Theme Of Individualism In Brave New World

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Skylar Windholz
English 12
Period 5
Comparative Essay Totalitarian regimes seek to diminish the concept of individuality with the means of creating a society that conforms to a higher power. 1984 exemplifies the loss of identity through the emphasized control of every citizen, everywhere they go. On the other hand, Brave New World shows the loss of identity with synthetically made humans and a predestined life. This lack of individualism can lead society towards individuals that are not able to produce creative thoughts, address their problems and fears, and develop a sense of leadership, instead they will adhere to the notion of expectations that is constructed by society. The novels are seen as a warning sign for future generations about the consequences of technology, science, uncontrolled power and how these factors lead to a lack of individualism. 1984 focuses on the uncontrolled power of the state that
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To exemplify, in 1984, doublethink control citizens through the slogan, “WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH” (page 4). These are the chains society uses that bind the people to ignore their collective mind. However, Brave New World uses psychological conditioning early in life, so “they’ll grow up with what the psychologists call an ‘instinctive’ hatred of books and flower” (page 22). In this world, nature has no meaning and they condition children to have a fear of anything that creates individual thoughts. While 1984 reduces the range of thought and individualism with the invention of newspeak, the conditioning in Brave New World works to uphold them, but people are conditioned to find it repulsive. This is why the World State does not “want people to be attracted to old things” because plays such as The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet may provoke feelings in people that must be forgotten (page
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