Comparison between The Chrysalids and Brave New World Essay
Extended Study – Connected Texts
In this essay I will compare two novels which deal with similar themes but in significantly different ways: “The Chrysalids”, a science fiction novel by John Wyndham published in 1955 and “Brave New World”, a novel by Aldous Huxley published in 1932.
The story in “The Chrysalids” takes place thousands of years in the future in a rural society similar to our world before the invention of modern technology such as telephones, cars, etc. The people in the novel have vague memories of the "Old People", a civilization which existed long ago and seems to be similar to our current technologically advanced world.
The people in “The Chrysalids” practice a strict Christian religion …show more content…
However, unlike the Chrysalids, the world depicted in “Brave New World” is technologically advanced. The knowledge of reproductive technology, sleep-learning and psychological manipulation in the society portrayed by the novel greatly exceed current technology and scientific knowledge.
Although the novel is set in the future it deals with issues which were relevant in the early 20th century and many of the novel's characters are named after famous people (For example, the “god” in “Brave New World” is called Ford, and is easily recognized as being named after Henry Ford the inventor of the assembly line).
These two novels are quite different, but they address similar themes – i.e. lack of personal freedoms that in our world we take for granted, authoritarian societies and frightening philosophies with the potential to dehumanize us.
The society in the Chrysalids is frightening: punishments are violent and brutal and people who are “different” live in fear of being discovered. In contrast to this, the society in “Brae New World” appears relatively benign: the people are happy, and there is no need to control the population through violent