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Compare how TWO prescribed texts you have studied explore the tension between humanity and the natural world.
Compare how TWO prescribed texts you have studied explore the tension between humanity and the natural world. The notion of a 'natural world' is one that suggests an environment that has been formed by nature; growing spontaneously, uncultivated and undergoing natural rhythms that emerge periodically. It is this natural world that incorporates flora and fauna. However, the dominant species in this setting is not the human race; rather, it is the natural environment that embraces humans as a part of its habitat. This theme is unequivocal in Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" (BNW) and Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner - The Directors Cut" (BR) as both texts examine the interplay between nature and humanity. The natural environment and the conflict purported with humanity explored in BNW and BL must be examined in correlation to not only the physical habitat, but also as a social issue. Aldous Huxley composed BNW in 1932 following the aftermath of World War I. As a result, Huxley's context reflects many historical and social perceptions that were apparent in his period. BNW satirises cynical visions envisaged by totalitarian parties; exposing flaws and dangers that deny the fundamental aspects of humanity and individual freedoms, allowing the natural world to be obliterated. Similar to Huxley, Ridley Scott's BL (1982) presents a futuristic world that has been significantly
Ridley Scott's film "Blade Runner: Director's Cut" and Aldous Huxley's novel "Brave New World" explore the concept of 'In The Wild' by focusing on the natural world and its rhythms falling victim to unbridled scientific development
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… Brave New World, by acclaimed author Aldous Huxley, is not so much a novel about individuals but it is about a society as a whole. It is the story of a Utopia (however it could be called more of a dystopia) an emotionless scientific world order and the people who inhabit it. Against this severe setting, Huxley experiments with numerous ideas and philosophies which defy our expectations of a normal society, using an extensive cast of characters to gets his ideas across to the reader. Huxley's civilized world is a society of ultimate knowledge. Humans have mastered almost all areas of scientific examination; they control life, death, aging, pleasure, and pain. This infinite knowledge has given humans boundless control over their world, and this control in turn has given unlimited power to those who first planned such a society, and those who continue to uphold its survival. This is why characters in Huxley's novel must stay in the dark about the true workings of the society because knowledge will lead to the society’s eventual demise. Huxley views commercialised society as a deficiency to human creativity. In the novel, society changes human behaviour so that people will strive to consume goods and services as much as possible. This alteration in turn means that everyone who makes such goods or provides such services will be able to stay employed. Thus, the society's
In comparing your TWO texts you will have become aware of how the contexts of the texts have shaped their form and meaning. Of more interest, perhaps, is a comparison of the values associated with each text. In comparing Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and Ridley Scott's 1992 Blade Runner: Director's Cut, the responder becomes aware of the ways in which the contexts of these texts' production have influenced and shaped their form and meaning. Further study of these texts also reveals that both of these text share many similar values, and examine human understanding of and relationship with the natural world in the futuristic societies depicted. Aldous Huxley's Brave New World is set in the World State, a futuristic society where humanity is controlled completely for the sake of social stability. Brave New World was first published in 1932. Huxley was satirically responding to influences such as the advent of mass production, the boom in science and technological discovery, the catastrophe of WW1, and the horror caused by weapons of mass destruction that came in to use during this conflict. The 1930's was also an era where the ideological struggle between fascism and socialism was surfacing. These influences have shaped Huxley's text in many ways. The production of humans in mass numbers through processes such as Bokanovsky's Process and Podsnap's Technique depicted in
Truth and happinesstwo things everybody wants. In the novel Brave New World, Aldous Huxley presents an interesting view on these two components.
Jennifer Qing Mr. Atchison English B30 December 20, 2011 Brave New World Research Essay - Truth and Happiness Truth and happiness-two things everybody wants. In the novel Brave New World, Aldous Huxley presents an interesting view on these two components. Huxley creates a society where all the citizens are created through cloning, and the World State controls every aspect of their lives to eliminate any obstacle to happiness. In contrast, John knows truth from the savage reservation and suffers unhappiness as a result. In a world where happiness and truth do no coexist, the citizens of the World State are happy with their artificial lives because they do not know what truth is. Although happiness seems ideal, Huxley's dystopia discusses the consequences of happiness in Brave New World and makes readers realize the importance of truth over happiness. Brave New World is a dystopia, even though citizens of the society are happy. The World State engineered happiness by "getting rid of everything unpleasant" (Huxley, 238) or anything causing individual instability. This includes love, science and religion, all of which were eliminated through the power of conditioning. People base their morals and beliefs off hypnopaedic phrases such as "history is bunk" (Huxley, 34), "a gramme in time saves nine" (Huxley, 89), and "everybody's happy nowadays" (Huxley, 91). They learn to
Despite different contexts both Aldous Huxley within his book Brave New World and Ridley Scott in the film Blade Runner explore the idea that humans feel themselves more sophisticated than the natural world
By Anne Sheen 'Humanity likes to think of itself as more sophisticated than the wild yet it cannot really escape its need for the natural world' Despite different contexts both Aldous Huxley within his book Brave New World and Ridley Scott in the film Blade Runner explore the idea that humans feel themselves more sophisticated than the natural world, yet are able to completely sever relations between humanity and the nature. Through various techniques both texts warn their varied audiences of the negative ramifications that will come from such disdainful, careless opinions and actions. All aspects of the 'New State' within Aldous Huxley's novel Brave New World indicate a belief that humanity is more sophisticated than the wild. Huxley's continuous use of fake scientific jargon, while setting up his science fiction genre, also allows his characters and their actions to appear intelligent. Words such as "bokanovskified" serve the purpose of describing how science has replaced the natural process of reproduction. This implies that there is a general feeling in the 'New State' that the people, particularly those at the head of the social hierarchy, feel that humans, aided by science, are more sophisticated than the wild. While this may be so Huxley makes it clear that the members of this new world are unable to escape nature's rhythms. At various points through out the book
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How does a comparative study of 'Brave New World' and 'Brave Runner' bring to the fore ideas about the consequences of the desire for control?
How does a comparative study of 'Brave New World' and 'Brave Runner' bring to the fore ideas about the consequences of the desire for control? The concept of 'In The Wild' refers to the natural or "wild" world and its natural rhythms and ultimately mankind's inextricable relationship with it. It also refers to the natural instincts of humanity obtained through certain intrinsic qualities such as freedom and a dependency on the natural environment. This concept can be defined as a natural world, which has been formed without interference by artificial means on its natural state, where humans are able to freely experience both the pleasures and problems of life. This comparative study of 'Brave New World' by Aldous Huxley 932 and 'Blade Runner: Director's Cut' by Ridley Scott (released in 1992, but produced in 1982), will propose that detrimental effects occur as a result of humanity's desire for control. Both texts explore 'In the Wild' where the composers stress the fact that man's relationship with nature has become distorted and distant in humanity's senseless attempt to possess supremacy and control over nature. This has been initially conveyed through the pessimistic portrayal of their futuristic worlds as dystopias, which is a reflection of the destructive outcomes caused by humanity's separation from the natural world. Both texts show many contrasts and
Discuss the significance of seemingly “unrealistic” or apparently implausible characters, places or events in literature you have studied.
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