Dystopian Society -Compare & Contrast Brave New World and 1984

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Dystopian Society

Different societies have risen and fallen in the continual search for the “perfect” society. The definition of this utopia is in constant flux due to changing times and cultural values. Many works of literature have been written describing a utopian society and the steps needed to achieve it. However, there are those with a more cynical or more realistic view of society that comment on current and future trends. These individuals look at the problems in society and show how to solve them with the use of control and power. Such a society is considered undesirable and has become known as dystopian society. In the books 1984 by George Orwell and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, both authors depict a dystopian
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His upbringing and the assimilation of Shakespeare’s works makes John predisposed to violence. This is seen through his refusal of sex with Lenina, call to the Deltas to give up soma and the consequent throwing of the soma out the window by John when they refuse which causes a riot. His violent behavior reaches its climax with the self flagellation and whipping of Lenina which results in an orgy in which he takes part. Seeing his participation as assimilation into that society John then decides to kill himself. In the end, whether by furtive or open rebellion each character fails to make an impact on the current society. This means that their resistance was not effective in bringing about change because they could not get others to join them and maintain a consistent rebellion. In the movie, Catch A Fire, the main character resisted with a group that provided training, morale, supplies and a plan to follow. With this extra support the main character had a better chance of succeeding then the characters in the novels that had little support from others. Patrick, even though acting alone, knew that others supported him even if not present and such knowledge eased his mind when caught. The plan to blow up the plant may have succeeded if he had not been betrayed. Patrick’s resistance sprang forth from the unfairness of society and the fact the authority figures tortured (him & Precious) and