Comparison of A Brave New World and 1984

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Comparison of A Brave New World and 1984 A Brave New World is a story about Bernard Marx, who rejects his society because he finds that he is not satisfied with living a controlled life. 1984 is a story about Winston who finds forbidden love within the restrictions of his society. These books are both in the same genre, so they can be easily compared and contrasted. The main similarities in the two pieces are the topics of the novels, the endings of the books, the nature of the characters, the way history is handled, and the role of science. There are many important differences between the two novels. They are the way the societies perceive sex, the way the books are written, the role of hypocrisy in the societies, the role of drugs in the societies, the way that the people are controlled, the leaders in the two novels, and the message the author is portraying in each novel. Although similarities do occur between A Brave New World and 1984, considering the fact that they do deal with similar topics, there are definitely more differences than similarities. First of all, the similarities of the two books are necessary to know before getting into the complexity of the differences. The topic is the first, and most obvious similarity. The two novels are both in the same genre of futuristic fiction. The endings of the books are similar because they both end on a negative note. Bernard is sent to work in Iceland (which was negative in his opinion) and Winston is taken to room 101, subjected to psychological treatment, and then killed. The nature of the characters in each book are very similar. Winston and Bernard are both rebels in an established system. The Savage and Helmhoz in Brave New Worl... ... middle of paper ... ...orld are always drugged so they don’t feel fear of any kind. Lastly, the messages each author is trying to portray is different. Aldous Huxley is expressing a fear that people will create a perfect world by getting rid of everything that makes life worthwhile. Orwell wrote 1984 as a warning against the results of having a totalitarian state and he is expressing more secret police paranoia. In conclusion, these two books are similar and different in many ways. The differences stand out more than the similarities do. However, these books do have one common similarity. They both ask whether societies with stability, pacification, and uniformity are worth creating and they prove by the endings they have proven that it is not worth creating. These books both prove that in order for life to be worthwhile there needs to be challenges, problems, and pain.
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