The Modern World And George Orwell 's ' Brave New World ' Essay

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Throughout his dialogue, Republic, Plato espouses an ideal society which consists of a population of morally upright, courageous, and generally outstanding individuals. This society actively works to shape individuals into such paragons by shielding them from any unsavory influences. Media which is believed to endorse unwanted behavior is banned or strictly regulated, and the only works which people are allowed to view are those which improve their character in ways which the republic endorses. Plato 's Republic is widely considered to be one of the first examples of a Utopia; however such a portrayal falls more in line with the modern conception of a dystopian society, such as those shown in novels such as Adolus Huxley 's Brave New World and George Orwell 's 1984. This disparity in societal ideals indicates both a moral and ethical departure from the ideas of the Classical Era and illustrates the evolution of such discourse over the course of human history.
In contemporary media a dystopia is typically a society in which citizens inherent rights have been revoked. A dystopia is a society in which free will and choice are withheld from the people, regardless of whether they are aware of it or not. This dehumanization is often signaled by censorship of typical forms of media. In the quintessential dystopian story literature is strictly regulated. This can be done through either banning the medium itself, such as in Brave New World or Ray Bradbury 's Farenheit 451 where books…

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