Aldous Huxley 's Brave New World And Ray Bradbury 's Fahrenheit 451

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The dystopian societies in Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 are fairly different, but oddly similar in many ways. Both books incorporate ideas of behavioral conditioning, as well as twisted ideas of happiness and totalitarian government control. Brave New World shows a future so radically cold and unfeeling that it will send chills up any reader’s spine. The once affectionate term of “parent,” “mother,” or “father,” have now become curse words. Children are created in test tubes, some with ninety identical twins. Also, the international pastime of their day is sex. Fortunately, Bradbury’s society still keeps some major moral values in line with those of the world today. Unfortunately, Fahrenheit 451’s firemen bring an end to many’s happiness by burning all books. Books are completely illegal and are even considered to be dangerous. The once cute and loving dogs have been replaced by the creepy, spider-like Mechanical Hounds. Cars are now beetles, but it is finally completely legal to drive at one hundred and twenty miles per hour. These two alternate futures may seem drastically different, but they are quite the same at the core.
Behavioral conditioning appears to be much more prominent in Brave New World than in Fahrenheit 451, but both worlds certainly integrate the process and ideas into their societies. In Huxley’s novel, the process of behavioral conditioning happens before the first breath can be taken. Their various oxygen…

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