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Compare the openings of 1984 and Brave New World

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Compare the openings of 1984 and Brave New World Both Brave New World and 1984offer horrifying depictions of a proposed future filled with anonymous and dehumanized beings dominated by an all-encompassing government. Both openings immediately present a world of control; of embryos and of thoughts. In Brave New World human life is controlled by manipulating embryos, the Bokanovsky Process and conditioning babies and children, putting them into a strict caste system and manipulating their thoughts. The utter control in this proposed future is shown throughout the opening. The reader is led around by the narrative, just as the students are led around by the Director. The language emphasises this, as we are led though the tour by use of ellipsis; 'Meanwhile...' ...read more.

Middle

The description of the telescreen is particularly terrifying as all movement and sound is observed at all times; 'any sound...would be picked up...there was no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment.' This ongoing surveillance adds to the sense of confinement and control in the opening section of the novel. Another similarity between the two novels is the vast sense of scale that the reader feels. Both 'worlds' exist on a huge scale. In Brave New World we are told that the building is 'only thirty-four storeys' and the everything is described as 'enormous', 'long recession', 'three hundred Fertilizers.' We are given the impression of how big this operation is, which in turn makes it even more horrifying. ...read more.

Conclusion

Winston Smith is almost portrayed as an anti-hero. He is not very impressive with his 'sanguine' and 'roughened' skin. In Brave New World we are only introduced to nameless, faceless people. The students do not question or wonder and the Fertilizers who work there carry on in mindless symphony. This creates a world of dehumanized beings, none with any kind or purpose or direction, all following the path that society has chosen. However, in 1984 Winston Smith appears to want to break out of his monotonous existence. Winston's attempt at subterfuge seems both small and large at the same time. Although the action of writing in a diary seems to the reader to be an insignificant event, the magnitude of his decision is clearly conveyed in Orwell's writing. ...read more.

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