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Nineteen Eighty-Four vs. Brave New World - Remind yourself of the following extracts…Compare and contrast the subject matter and style of these two episodes and consider their importance in the novels.

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English: Nineteen Eighty-Four vs. Brave New World Jon Paul Dorrian U6 - 3 Remind yourself of the following extracts...Compare and contrast the subject matter and style of these two episodes and consider their importance in the novels Orwell's extract contains two separate elaborations of information. They are both narrated by Winston; the first being that the only hope of the Party being over-thrown is if the proles hold an uprising and revolutionise. The second is the lies that the Party spread, or more specifically the doctored truth that becomes the past. The style and language used by Orwell to put across this information is the same as how he writes the whole novel. His style is more intended for the more intellectual reader; "But simultaneously, true to the principles of double-think, the Party taught that the proles were natural inferiors who must be kept in subjection, like animals, by the application of a few simple rules" This example of 1984 shows that the average reader may have to re-read certain lines to fully comprehend the complexity of the environment in which Winston is contained; whereas in Brave New World (BNW) the readability level is higher as it puts most descriptions and dialogue in more simple terms; "A scientific triumph. ...read more.

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And with good reason as Alpha's are pre-conditioned to be more intellectual and socially better. This portrays a capitalist society with the different classes. Huxley deriving from an upper-middle class family this is understandable. In contrast to 1984, everybody is relatively the same. Proles and Party members are all treated the same and are regulated with telescreens and thought police moving amongst them. The views of Orwell have been diffused into the subject matter of 1984 as well as Huxley's into BNW, the difference and contrast being their views. Huxley's views of a class system and Orwell views that a socialist Britain was going to develop in light of Soviet Russia. When further comparing the author's style and subject matter of thinking for their characters, it is clear that they share relatively the same principles. Orwell's language and style shows that the Party members and proles are sub-consciously trained to believe the ideals of the Party by propaganda. Posters, the two-minute hate, books, songs and newspapers all enforce the Party ideals and the people believe them for they have no other principles or ideals with which to compare. They assume that the Party is right in what it says. ...read more.

Conclusion

It shows that Winston is doing exactly what he's not supposed to be and that if/when he is caught, the Party have got grounds on which to vaporise him. It shows the re-occurring principle in the novel that death is certain, and life is not. It shows that any chance of Orwell's world changing, the Party being overthrown, is non-existent as any chance must lie in the proles but: "Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious." This parallels with BNW as no-one there either wishes to change things, as they are content with their current life. Both extracts create these two worlds of unimaginable oppression whether its inhabitants realise it or not and the theme that runs throughout the comparison of the two novels and extracts is the same; that Orwell and Huxley both achieve relatively the same thing through different methods. They both achieve worlds of oppression and shock simply through different actual environments; as they did with making it that everyone thinks what the authorities wants them to think and that they have no interest in challenging this or any other aspect of their world. This being the case and both authors creating these future worlds of shock and astonishment are vital to the novels as this is what makes the novels so revolutionary for their time. ...read more.

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