Animal Farm vs Brave New World

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  • Topic: Brave New World, Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
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George Orwell's Animal Farm is a satire written about the Stalin Era. The events and characters in Animal Farm parallel the early history of the Soviet Union. While all of the animals seem to have parallel characters in the real world, Orwell directly connects the character Napoleon to Joseph Stalin in a letter to the publisher in 1945. Orwell created Napoleon to represent Stalin, a dictator who was supposed to reshape the Soviet Union but instead created many problems during his regime. He used a secret police force that is also noted in animal farm by the puppies that Napoleon raises to be his secret guard dogs. Orwell shows a strong disapproval of the Stalinist corruption of socialist's ideals. This book has become well-known for showing what happens when power is overthrown only to have the over thrower become power-hungry and oppressive. This is represented by the swift transformation of the animals on the farm. The seven principles of animalism, known as the seven commandments, are reduced to a single principle that reads, "all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." The animals become more and more like the humans that they had once thought were awful. They walk upright, wear clothes and carry whips. The animals have become the very thing that they had been working against. If nothing else, we are left with the feeling that a totalitarian government is never a good idea.

While it is classified as Dystopian literature, Aldous Huxley's Brave New World starts out looking much like a utopia. The key idea is happiness and free love. Sexual gratification is encouraged and even demanded. If one does not feel happy, he should take soma, a powerful drug with no ill side effects. Society is broken into castes where each group loves what they do, in fact, they have been conditioned to love their role from the moment that they were "hatched". Unlike savages, they use the Bokanovsky process in order to grow eggs in bottles where they are...
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