Compare Brave New World And Frankenstein

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Mediation teacher and author Sharon Salzberg once said, “if you go deeper and deeper into your own heart, you’ll be living in a world with less fear, isolation and loneliness.” Fear, isolation and loneliness are common feelings faced by many people everyday, and feelings frequently present in the following compared novels. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, share many unique and interesting similarities. Both literary works share similar themes such as isolation from society, lose or unknown identity, and the misuse of technology and science. Isolation is a popular feeling and theme faced by many characters in both Brave New World and Frankenstein. “Community, Identity, Stability” (Huxley 1), are the first…show more content…
“If one’s different, one’s bound to be lonely” (Huxley 119), Bernard says in a conversation between himself and John the Savage. These men live in completely different worlds, with completely different upbringings, environments, and realties, yet both characters do not know how to identify themselves. They both feel different and out of place in the societies that they live in. Other characters in the novel such as Helmholtz Watson, feel similarly in the sense that he feels like there is more to his life than what the society he lives in has given him. He says in a conversation with Bernard, “do you ever feel as though you had something inside you that was waiting for you to give it a chance to come out? Some sort of extra power that you aren’t using” (Huxley 38). Helmholtz’s feels as if there is some kind of happiness outside of the stability that his world presses upon him. He is not necessarily unsatisfied with the conditions he lives in, but he is realizing that he could be doing more than what he is, and discover who he actually is. The society is taught to do only what maintains stability, but Helmholtz is beginning to strive in his freedom. Frankenstein’s monster was also a character to struggle while finding his…show more content…
Both novels share the themes of isolation, loss of identity, and misuse of knowledge and science. Many people in today’s society can relate to the feeling of isolation or loss of identity, especially young teenagers expanding their lives in high school. Some may be bullied, abused or ignored, and feel completely alone. As science evolves, we also see many different examples of others misusing its true propose, such as for money or for power. Novels such as these demonstrate the threats that one could face if they followed through with such dangerous activities. These stories are great learning tools for humanity as it
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