Brave new world and Blade runner essay, exploring contexts

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The novel Brave New world, composed by Aldous Huxley and the film, Blade runner produced by Ridley Scott are both texts which can be classified as science fiction, nevertheless, It must be noted that both texts were created in contrasting historical social contexts. Huxley wrote the novel in 1932- post World War 1, during a period of change and disillusionment. A period marked by brutal dictatorships, mass persecution and depression. . Huxley's choice of character names, subtly support the novel's themes, such as Marx, Engels along with prominent supporters of capitalism, Ford, Mussolini and Mond. Clearly such names are incompatible without changing the ideologies presented in the novel.

Huxley's obsession with the democratic civilisations were on the brink of collapse was during his study of America, the democratic capitalist nation. Huxley despises American society's preoccupation with consumerism, which he describes as a barbaric reality of instantaneous gratification. Nevertheless, the world state is barbaric as it serves to manipulate the masses to keep them happy and restrict the elite, via biological pre-determined morality.

Neither Brave New World nor Blade runner illustrates an optimistic picture of the relationship between humanity and nature in the future. In Brave New World, the lower castes, Delta's and Epsilons are conditioned to hate nature, so that they are happy to be incarcerated in the factories doing the work they have been bred for, "A love for nature keeps no factories busy. It was decided to abolish a love of nature at any rate among the lower castes"

The novels depiction of the world state's utopian society results in all things natural to humans. There is a loss of individualism, freedom, natural birth, a love of nature, all of which are frowned upon in the world state and expected in barbaric savage reservation. The film portrays...