June 8, 2011
It is no question that both Huxley and Orwell were displeased with our societal norms by their predictions in Brave New World and 1984. However, the two famous novels could not have differed more in their visions of tomorrow. Huxley portrays a nation of pleasure addicted, mindless beings merely existing. Orwell illustrated such a strict regime that the pursuit of knowledge would be banned and our voices would be silenced.
Imagine living in a world without mothers and fathers, a soceity full of faceless human clones. This is the society illistarted in Aldous Huxley's 1932 novel Brave New World. Huxley describes a futuristic society that has an alarming effect of dehumanization. This occurs through the absence of spirituality and family, the obsession with physical pleasure, and the misuse of technology. In this world, each person is raised in a test tube rather than a mother's womb, and the government controls every stage of their development, from embryo to maturity. This creates a society full of human clones, completely devoid of personality. Every person is conditioned to love three things: Henry Ford, their idol; soma, a wonder drug; and sex.
In the Brave New World, children are condition to be materialistic. Their entire society is controlled by consumerism. People work to make products and money, they later use that money to buy products, which results in an endless cycle. In the novel, their society dislikes everything that is old. They would rather throw something away than fix it. Our society today is also very materialistic. Both worlds expect people to throw things away and buy new things. Style has become our identity and style is always changing so to continue on our endless struggle to gain acceptance we must buy new style. Huxley was correct is his prediction of consumerism; Consumerism has become a vital portion of our everyday life.
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