Reasons For and Forms of Oppression within Society Essay

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How do the authors of two texts you have studied express the reasons for and forms of oppression within society?

Question: How do the authors of two texts you have studied express the reasons for and forms of oppression within society?

Oppression has always been evident within society throughout history.
Yevgeny Zamyatin in draws on the experiences of the Russian Revolution in We, while Aldous Huxley uses his own experiences through family and friends in Brave New World to question and contemplate the reasons for and forms of oppression in society. In their own ways, each author explores the influence of possible aspects of central authority, including physical and psychological conditioning, and the loss of
individualism
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Zamyatin represents how, by adapting peoples’ names and even physical appearances, ultimately individualism is lost and collectivism emerges to the fore. Such a view is emphasised by D-503’s direct contrasts between One State and the
“primitive world,” ironically the twentieth Century, “that funny word
‘mine’ probably would have been used by one of my hairy ancestors.”
Furthermore, violent physical oppression is also common in One State, a form of oppression epitomised by the Great Operation in which any form of creativity is completely removed, and people lose their shadows, their irrational psyche. Thus, Zamyatin presents a world in which physical oppression is a major form of control in the society, carried out specifically to bring social stability to the people and ultimately reduce any damaging conflict. Huxley also presents such an idea, though perhaps more so, as he presents a world in which people are so physically controlled that they are in fact created and not born. In World State, every citizen is "decanted" in a hatchery. World
State employs the technology of “social predestination” to achieve the three goals of its motto, “community, identity, stability.” referring to the significance of groups: Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas, and
Epsilons, and their specialised duties, and the

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