Comparison of "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley and "1984" by George Orwell.

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David Lilienthal, a writer, once said, "The idea of utopia is mischievous as well as unrealistic" ( A dream for a utopian society always exists, but it remains a dream. In the novels Brave New World and 1984, the manipulations and recreations of society cause perfection. Winston Smith, the protagonist of 1984, is a low-ranking member of the ruling Party in Oceania. Part of the Ministry of Truth, he alters historical documents to keep stability in the utopian society. John, the main character of Brave New World, has a feeling of alienation in the supposed utopian society because of his savage roots and teachings. He has an incapability of understanding the civilized world. In Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and George Orwell's 1984, the explorations of John and Winston result in an unimaginable dystopia through society's use of science, politics, and technology.

Born Eric Blair in Bengal, India, in 1903, George Orwell spent his first eight years in India before his mother took him and his sisters to England for their education.

At Eton, where Orwell attended college, he began to engage in political debate as he introduced himself to socialist ideas for the first time. Orwell spent the next period of his life preceding the Spanish Civil War living and working among the poor and working classes of London and Paris. During this period, Orwell became a socialist and assumed his pen name after an English river next to which he once lived. Orwell joined the Home Guard and worked for the BBC during the Second World War. By this time, Orwell's anti-totalitarian, pro-socialist ideals had solidified. Orwell died in London from poor health in 1950 (Gardner 1). Aldous Huxley was born in 1894 in England to two very aristocratic parents, Leonard and Julia Huxley. Huxley's family possessed both...