The World State uses social restrictions to create permanent artificial personalities for people within the society. The World State also uses controlled groupings of people to brainwash them further to be thoughtless people with no sense of individualism. Lastly, the World State uses drugs to create artificial happiness for people, leaving no room for intense emotion which causes people to revolt against the World State. Within the novel Brave New World, it is seen that the World State eliminates individuality through social restrictions, government controlled groupings and the abuse of drugs to maintain control of the population. Social restriction robs individuals of their creative personalities by preventing freedom of thought, behavior, and expression; but is vital to the World State for maintaining complete control over the society.
Destruction of individuality is an idea both authors explore to expose the broad social wrong of an oppressive society. Both Orwell and Niccol use their protagonists to demonstrate how dictatorial governments that destroy any semblance of individuality are inherently wrong. Orwell uses third person narration, which directly follows his protagonist as he fights to maintain his individuality in a society driven to eliminate the capability of “love, or friendship, or joy of living” by making him “hollow”. By employing the use third person narration Orwell portrays to the reader that even an individual with powerful intent to remain different can be broken down and made to believe that “2+2 = 5”. Similarly, Niccol uses extreme close up shots focusing on Vincent’s cleaning process and the motif of constant DNA checks to reinforce how authoritarian societies can demolish all sense of individuality.
Countless individuals in American history have noticed flaws in society and decided not conform to social norms. In order to remain nonconformists, these individuals face pressures of society. Thus, single persons to remain nonconformists and create because society kills their individualism. This idea that one person cannot win a battle against society is ingrained in the foundation of America. The strength of the American societal mob is the major reason for the rarity of rapid social change.
A dystopia is an imaginary, imperfect place where those who dwell are faced with terrible circumstances. The novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley illustrates the concept of a dystopia. A utopia is an ideal place where everything is perfect, but in the novel, it becomes apparent that the author is trying to demonstrate the negative effects on a society when it attempts to become an unreachable utopian society. Brave New World is seen as a dystopia for many reasons, as citizens are deprived of freedom, programmed to be emotionless and under the control of a corrupt dictatorship. These points illustrate the irony of a society’s attempt to reach utopia by opposing ethics and morality; citizens are tragically distanced from paradise, leading to the creation of a dystopia.
The people that make up his imaginary society have no conception of love or any other passion, and actually scorn the idea. Huxley believes that along with passion comes emotional instability. The Utopian state cannot afford any kind of instability and therefore cannot afford love. The destruction of the family is one example of the effect of Utopia's absence of love. In a world of bottled-births, not only is there no need for a family, but the idea is actually considered obscene.
Analysis of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Imagine living in a world where you are not in control of your own thoughts. Imagine living in a world in which all the great thinkers of the past have been blurred from existence. Imagine living in a world where life no longer involves beauty, but instead a controlled system that the government is capable of manipulating. In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, such a world is brought to the awareness of the reader through a description of the impacts of censorship and forced conformity on people living in a futuristic society. In this society, all works of literature have become a symbol of unnecessary controversy and are outlawed.
Knowledge is a strong aspect of a dystopian society because people will go out of their way to use their abilities to control the lives of others. In Fahrenheit 451, the government controls civilians’ ability to think by banning books. While in Oryx and Crake, one of the main characters uses his knowledge to fix the overcrowded world, but in the end he destroys humanity. While both novels focus on wisdom and characters fight for knowledge, the truth of knowledge is shown to be dangerous since in both novels knowledge leads to the destruction of society. In Fahrenheit 451, the theme of wisdom is gained through experience and knowledge.
When John enters the new world, he sees many abnormalities that go against his beliefs, and the citizens call him a savage because he is not one of them. By juxtaposing John, the so-called savage, against the “refined” society, Huxley demonstrates the extreme extent of humankind 's atypical actions under the subjugation of a totalitarian government. The people
With these types of advancements the World State is able to limit people’s individuality and freedom and eventually dictate their lives. The Director, who administrates the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre, explains to a group of students how critical these advancements are and how they are a solution to mankind’s problems. The Director elaborates that the Bokanovsky Process assists social stability because the clones it pr... ... middle of paper ... ...a human in the most primitive sense. The World State, controlling the minds of people through technology, soma, and directly governed by an all-powerful World State, strips away each person’s individuality and freedom, all for their goal of attaining power and remaining as the ruling state. The story of the people in Brave New World being controlled by the World State is not merely a fantasized tale, but rather a critical reminder of how the weak are always submissive to the powerful, and how the powerful are responsible for the state of the weak.
Eventually, due to our differences, some will be driven from their homes, forced to leave like John the Savage, alienated to the point of no return. How can America point blame onto another society when it harbors a similar hatred within the US borders? How could America let this predicted materialism, ethnocentrism, complacency, and racism happen? How could I miss the warning signs?