Comparing and Contrasting Two Opposite Worlds

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The earth matures and changes every day; therefore, the life which lives upon its surface develops with it. Because communication and story telling has always had an immense importance, literature has had a vital impact on everyday life all throughout history. Each day as the earth changes, so does literature, thus explaining why personality traits of characters and the setting in which novels take place are modified every day and shift with every time period. However, even when written in different eras, two stories can display similarities even in their most obvious differences. In just a quick glance, two pieces of literature written decades apart and with entirely opposite subjects do not seem to have much in common, but the backbone of each story contains aspects in which the other includes as well. The comparisons and contrasting ideas between Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World are explicitly delivered through the authors’ portrayals of characters, as well as the settings and worlds in which each story takes place.

Because of the variety of characters exposed in both Brave New World and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, many similarities can be linked between the two novels’ characters. Although similar characteristics can be discovered, the contrasting personalities and ideas of each individual character create abundant differences between them as well. The insanity of Wonderland’s characters derives from repeated recognition of Lewis Carroll’s love for children. His strong dislike of boys made his strong preference for girls seem even more unusual than it already was, and there were many theories that implied that Carroll felt sexual around young girls. However, there w...

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