Dehumanization In Brave New World And 1984

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Imagine a world where mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters are no longer a part of society. Imagine a world of lifeless shells of humans. Both Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, and 1984, by George Orwell, portray such societies that have been degraded by the idea of ‘utopia'. In such a distraught society it's no surprise that people will loss their humanity. For those characters that still had sanity, the impact of this world would twist their minds to the limit.

To be human is to be able think and learn without any restraints. To have an opinion all to one's self even if it my clash with someone else's. To be human is to have emotion. One must be able to smile, cry, laugh or shout without living in fear of the consequence. One must also have the feelings of love and hate. To be human, one would also be able to have a religion. Instilled morals and values are also a part of be human. Where one gets these values are from their families and friends, without those, a person would simply be an empty shell.

In Brave New World, The citizens are deeply brainwashed from childhood to adulthood. They are ‘conditioned' to the standards of the government. The citizens of this society are created by cloning and placed into a dehumanizing rigid five-class structure ranging from Alphas to Epsilons. When they are children, their minds are enforced to love what their jobs are, their social class, and even sex. "I'm awfully glad I'm a Beta, …we are much better than the Gammas and Deltas. Gammas… all wear green, and Delta children wear khaki…. And Epsilons are still worse. They're too stupid to be able to read or write. Besides they wear black…. I'm so glad I'm a Beta." Huxley(27). This shows the workings of hypnopedia and how senseless the soc...

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... Orwell shows that it is very much possible for humans to become dehumanized by these torturous means. In rm. 101, Winston becomes subject to his greatest fear, rats. Winston is changed though fear and loses his morality. He turns on Julia and begs them to torture her with the rats. In the end, the party is successful, and now Winston ‘loves' Big Brother.

Dehumanization seems to be the only possible solution to making a utopian society. To give up what makes a person who they are seems a little too much of a cost for happiness though. All these people lifeless in their everyday acts, like marionettes, dancing and smiling on a stage following the hands of the puppeteer. The extent of the impact of the societies are so large that the only sane characters are torn apart by and cease to exist. Looking at it, to have hallow souls is hardly happiness, it's not even human.

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