Comparative study of Aldous Huxley's novel 'Brave New World' and Ridley Scott's film 'Bladerunner'...including teacher notes for improvement. (the essay was uploaded to include notes)

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Humanity's relationship with the natural world is influenced by the circumstances surrounding each era. Aldous Huxley's 'Brave New World' represents the uncertainties and attitudes of the 1930's; likewise Ridley Scott's 1980's film- 'Blade Runner' reflects the society in which it was conceived. Both texts delve into notions of what it is to be in the wild, and define that which is natural opposed to unnatural; the mortal dispute with immortality. Not quite saure what this last phrase refers to?

Aldous Huxley's dystopic 'New World' represents a society, which stifles the individual, endorses the artificial, and whose insincere leaders regulate and support a herd mentality amongst the promiscuous citizens. 'Brave New World' is a social and political warning; it satirises totalitarian and communist??? Consumerist certainly ideology presenting an allegory encompassing the fears and beliefs of Huxley's contemporaries.

Written in the midst of Britain's Great Depression, Huxley creates a futuristic novelty, frightening in its exaggeration of political regime, and extreme in its juxtaposing of technological artificiality with nature- a savage reservation ridden with disease though still maintaining traditions of religion and monogamy.

While this brave new world is decidedly radical, both 'worlds' embody key elements of today's lifestyle, such as the advent of industrialisation, and the desperate attempt to preserve what is considered natural and therefore 'good'. However at no stage a happy medium is presented, as misfit 'John the savage' discovers, escaping "further contamination from the filth of civilised life" by living in isolation- seemingly his own "inescapable social destiny". Excellent - john is the symbol of humanity - the soul who dcan not belong in either world John relocates away from the predestination and conditioning of the "castes" of humans of the new world, theories made plausible by Huxley through the reality of scientific processes such as hypnopaedia and decanting.