Comparison Of 1984 And Brave New World

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The struggle to achieve happiness is a common theme in literature as it is relatable to all readers. In the novels 1984 by George Orwell and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, the characters Winston Smith and Bernard Marx struggle against government control in their attempt to achieve happiness. In both novels, the advances in technology and changes to social order aid the governments to form a totalitarian regime that limits human rights and make way to full control over the humans. Ultimately the government’s control of society through technology and mind control hinder both characters ability to achieve happiness.
In 1984 technology is used by the Big Brother to hold an iron grip on its citizens. Many inventions are used to limit language,
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Technology aids the government to control many human functions, thoughts, and even conditions the mind. One of the technological advances Brave New World illustrates is the Bokanovsky process, the process of cloning humans. Reproducing humans through sex is a thing of the past and, has been replaced with the Bokanovsky process. In the book the Bokanovsky process is described as “One egg, one embryo, one adult-normality. But a bokanovskified egg will bud, will proliferate, will divide. From eight to ninety-six buds, and every bud will grow into a perfectly formed embryo, and every embryo into a full-sized adult. Making ninety-six human beings grow where only one grew before.” (3) From this quote its can be seen that in Brave New World there is a lack of identity among humans as each caste shares the identical DNA with the members a part of the caste and are all raised in the same environment. The reproduction system in place makes exact clones, taking away individuality, helping the government affirm its power. The lack of identity and individuality takes away Bernard’s ability to truly express himself. Bernard strives to be a person with an appealing identity, to feel significant and special but just feels as another clone and as a result can’t climb up the social ladder. Due the inability to gain an identity and feel significant, Bernard is unable to achieve true

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