5 January 2013
The More Horrific Dystopia
“Community, Identity, Stability”(Huxley 1), “War is peace, Freedom is slavery, Ignorance is strength”(Orwell 6). These two quotes are from two novels, Brave New World written by Aldous Huxley and 1984 written by George Orwell. These two novels seem very similar at first glance but turn out to be very different. Brave New World is a perfect world where there is sex all the time and no one is ever sad or angry. On the other hand, 1984 is a more horrific world where you are never alone and one step out of line you can be imprisoned and later killed. 1984 is the more horrific dystopia for the three main reasons or the world the people are living in, the control that the leaders have over the people, and the people themselves.
The thing that really separates these two novels is the world that is created by the two authors. In Brave New World Aldous Huxley creates a world that seems very happy all the time. In the World State people can take a drug called soma that immediately relieves them of any sadness or anger. Also in the World State people have a lot of freedom. Sex and drugs are encouraged in the World State and the people can take advantage of that wherever they feel the need. They can use drugs or have sex whenever they want with whomever they want, as long as the partner agrees. Also a big part of the World State is the privacy the people have. They can do almost everything with the comfort of knowing it will be undisclosed.
In 1984, George Orwell creates a world known as Oceania that is a very disturbing atmosphere filled with fear and hatred. In Oceania there is no privacy what so ever. In Oceania the government, which is known as the Party, install telescreens in almost every building and on the streets. Telescreens watch everything the people in Oceania do. The telescreens are a constant reminder that “Big Brother is watching you.”(Orwell 3) In Oceania the people have...