Evolution of they dystopia

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As Aldous Huxley wrote the novel Brave New World, he combined the horrific future blight found in other dystopias with the ever-present flaws of a suppressed feudalistic society. This combination created a revolutionary vision of what an early twentieth century world would evolve into following its present path. Brave New World outlines the mindless suppression of an ignorant society through the mechanical brainwashing of a world overrun by technology. From Huxley's birth to Brave New World's inception, the corruption of a great communist government had not yet occurred. While it was an unnerving fable in its time, the chilling future foretold in Brave New World lost plausibility with the development of a debauched communist government.

George Orwell wrote the novel Animal Farm as a direct result of the events surrounding the Soviet Revolution. In writing the Communist Manifesto in 1848, Karl Marx theorized the creation of a revolutionary new form of government which had the potential to cure the ills plaguing early nineteenth century capitalist Europe.

The creation of a government based on these principles occurred in 1917 with the Russian Revolution. The corruption which followed within this government gave Orwell the basis to construct the dystopia found in Animal Farm. The feudalist dystopia found in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World is altered by the inspirational theories of Karl Marx and by the Russian Revolution, into the communist dystopia found in George Orwell's Animal Farm.

The castes found in Brave New World depict an accurate representation of segregation in feudalistic society. This is most efficiently portrayed during the tour of the factory where "people are created on an assembly line. . .(Smith, 1)" and engineered to perform the social task associated with their respective caste. Huxley highlights the prejudice and contempt with which the upper castes look upon...