English IV Honors
18 November, 2014
In Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, there are many similarities between these two books, yet many differences. They have contrasting views whether it involves sex, relationship interaction, reproduction, class systems, or force/control by the government. In both novels, the controlling is the most significant contributor to both dystopian societies. This is such a powerful factor to the people and to their beliefs they are conditioned to believe in which results in the stripping away of individual freedoms. Historically, there are Both Brave New World and The Handmaid's Tale use similar techniques to achieve this control, yet take different approaches. (add any historical background)
Like Handmaids Tale, the society of the World State is controlled in all aspects of the citizens lives, but done so by the Ten Controllers. Society is based on the rigid caste system, where they are defined by the specific colors worn-representing their class jobs.
They are divided into 5 castes with Alphas being the intellectuals, Epsilons doing the labor, and the others fill jobs somewhere in between. Peace is established by the conditioning of young minds and by tranquilizing the adults by their own drug, soma, which was their only escape to freedom. This novel was focused mainly on the control that the government had on the people and to portray the amount of power it had on them. Brave New World undergoes many experiments with relationships, relating to John the Savage, a unique individual who yearns for a love and relationship. John has emotion and passion, whereas everyone else in this dystopian society is not allowed to have these type of feelings. He has his own love for Lenina, which eventually lead to his banishment to another island...