Brave New World vs. 1984

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According to John Wooden, "You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one." John Huxley's novel Brave New World has received a lot of mixed criticism that dismissed this book as one that would stand the test of time. When the novel was first released in 1932, critics like John Chamberlain dismissed the novel as being farfetched. He said, "The bogy of mass production seems a little overwrought…" (233). Critics in recent times seem to enjoy this novel because Huxley shows us a utopia in the future that might be similar to ours. On July 1973, critic Bernard Bergonzi stated, "There is a gloomy fascination in seeing the ingenious horrors of Brave New World realized, not hundred of years into the future, as Huxley conservatively supposed, but here and now before our very eyes" (244). Even though some critics may not agree in the worth of this novel, I believe the public has proven its worth. Even after 73 years since the book was first published, people have heard about the book one way or another and educational institutions continue to teach it to students. One of the first critics to write about Brave New World was John Chamberlain. On February 7, 1932, in The New York Times Book Review John says, "Yet it is a little difficult to take alarm, for, as the hell-diver sees not the mud, and the angle worm knows not the intricacies of the Einstein theory…"(233). He says the novel has good points about the future, but the public will not grasp it because they will not understand it. Chamberlain says, "If Mr. Huxley is unduly bothered about the impending static world,

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let him go back to his biology and meditate on the possibility that even in laboratory-created children mutations might be inevitable" (233). He is just a part of a few of the early critics who did not appreciate Huxley's vision of the future as later critics would. A more modern critic who did appreciate Huxley's novel was...
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