Speculative Voice

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The Speculative Voice is essentially the use of one’s imagination, observing the future based on interpretations of societal trends. It explores the ideas of utopia and dystopia whilst covering issues such as misuse of technology, genetic modification, discrimination, inclusion, triumph and individuality. The speculative voice aims to challenge the fundamental ideas of society and make them ask the question: “What If?” This can be seen in the prescribed text of “Brave New World” and “Gattaca.” Aldous Huxley provokes this question in “Brave New World”. He depicts a perfect society where there is no hunger or poverty and everyone is happy, equal and fulfilled. However his idealistic utopian world has elements that we would regard today as undesirable and disturbing. "…that is the secret of happiness and virtue-liking what you've got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their inescapable social destiny" This civilisation is created and kept through the use of conditioning and soma. Soma is used to create a stable society. “And there’s always soma to calm your anger, to reconcile you to your enemies, to make you patient and long-suffering… Christianity without tears—that’s what soma is.” Directed by Andrew Niccol ‘Gattaca’ also explores the idea of a Utopia but unlike “Brave New World” it only shows a portion, not a whole society. “Gattaca” looks at this world and projects it to society for them to see the possibilities and debate the future in human society. Both texts share similar themes, based mostly around innovative technology and genetics. “Brave New World” portrays this futuristic ambience well within the first chapter. The opening sentence reads. “A squat grey building of only thirty-four stories” The use of the of the word “only” in this quote, emphasises the significance connected to the height of the building, and makes the audience wonder how high other buildings are in this new world. The motto “Community,...
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