Dystopian Literature : Brave New World By Aldous Huxley And 1984 By George Orwell

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Pop culture today seems to be obsessed with the dystopian genre. Teens flock to the movies to view films like The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner, The Giver, etc (all of which are based on novels). Society seems to be interested in the perfectly imperfect, worlds where citizens have no control over their lives and are forced to submit to a seemingly all powerful government. But, this is not a new phenomena. For years, authors have been creating these flawed societies for the masses to fear. They have prompted conversations into social awareness, painting a picture of, eerily, a perhaps imminent future. The most famous examples of twentieth-century dystopian literature are Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and 1984 by George Orwell. Their terrifying predictions of a future controlled by Big Brother with a technological takeover horrified audiences everywhere. Dystopian literature seems to take hold when there are immediate ideological threats. Think about today, when the current presidential election, terrorist groups, and malevolent countries like North Korea threaten to infringe on the current way of life. Literature reflects current events and the people living in the time. Reading both novels, though, one will be stunned by the similarities. Huxley received his degree at Oxford, after which, he returned to the preparatory school he attended, Eton, to teach French. Among his pupils was Mr. Eric Blair, who would later go on to write under the name George Orwell…

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