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Prisons Of Pleasure Or Pain: Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ Vs. Orwell’s ‘1984’

Prisons Of Pleasure Or Pain: Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ Vs. Orwell’s ‘1984’

April 22nd, 2017
Culture, Society & History

Definition of UTOPIA 

1: an imaginary and indefinitely remote place

2: a place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions

3:   an impractical scheme for social improvement

 

Definition of DYSTOPIA 

1: an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives

2: literature: anti-utopia 

– Merriam-Webster.com

 

 Many Americans today would quite possibly consider Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” to be a utopia of sorts with its limitless drugs, guilt-free sex, perpetual entertainment and a genetically engineered society designed for maximum economic efficiency and social harmony. Conversely, most free people today would view Orwell’s “1984” as a dystopian nightmare, and shudder to contemplate the terrifying existence under the iron fist of “Big Brother”; the ubiquitous figurehead of a perfectly totalitarian government.

Although both men were of British descent, Huxley was nine years older than Orwell and published Brave New World in 1932, seventeen years before 1984 was released in 1949. Both books are widely considered classics and are included in the Modern Library’s top ten great novels of the twentieth century.

 

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley was born to academic parents…..

 

by Uncola

 

 

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