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Creating a Dystopian Society in "1984" and "Brave New World"

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Dystopian Society is carved by manipulation of society Throughout many decades people have been searching for the perfect society in which everyone is happy and prosperous . Many literature and movies has been created to depict the utopia world to enable people to explore and experience the perfect society anyone could wish for. Creating a perfect world is not an easy task and this can be seen in our history . Totalitarian states arise from different countries , Stalin’s Soviet Union , Hitler’s Nazi Germany , Mao’s China . The desire of creating a perfect society can be seen clearly through these incidents. However , there are those who chose to view the society from a more realistic angle , imagining the worst possible society, which brings upon the creation of a counter genre of utopia , namely dystopia. In the books 1984 by George Orwell and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, both authors depicts a dystopian society which only the reader can notice. Whereas the citizens in the novels see the world as a perfect place to live and only the government can provide what’s best for them. The government in this two societies is seen as the ultimate power and this involves various manipulation methods to create such society , a dystopian society. Both 1984 and Brave New World depicts the idea of a totalitarian government having total control of their people , forcing them to live up to the governments requirements. In 1984 , Orwell potrays a totalitarian society where people have to live in “ a kind of hysteria ”. Isaac Deutscher describes 1984 as “ a kind of ideological weapon in the cold war ” (Thody 172) . One method that the government uses to have control over their people is manipulation of the human mind. Winston Smith , the ... ... middle of paper ... ...ell being . ( Huxley 119) Orwell and Huxley depicted that throught their books , any form of manipulation be it the manipulation of human mind , human emotions or population may lead to a dystopian future. We are bombarded with slogans and propaganda every single day . Can we still trust our government in the future? We are slowly approaching a dystopian culture where the government tend to control what we think and also control the way we live. As Raffaella Baccoloni mentions that dystopia “is traditionally a bleak , depressing genre with no space life for hope in the story” (520). In my opinion , the message depicted in this two novels warns us about the dangers of totalitarian regimes that dominates the population , leaving no space for individuality and freedom. It may serve as a very effective warning to the future generations.
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