Analysis Of George Orwell 's 1984 And Aldous Huxley 's Brave New World

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Since the beginning of modern history, oppression in the form of sexism, ableism, colonialism, and racism has been apparent in the interactions and treatment of people of all types due to the very fact that people, by nature, are competitive and willing to undermine others to achieve their goals. Likewise, the theme of oppression and authoritarianism is one which authors of all time periods have explored. In George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, this is no different. In their respective texts, Huxley and Orwell both reveal a world oppressed by an authoritarian government, but the form of authoritarianism differs between the two texts. In both novels, oppression is similar in its negative effects on society and the protagonist, yet differs in its expression due to differing styles of government as society in 1984 is ruled by totalitarianism, whereas society in Brave New World is governed by a peaceful and relatively tolerant government.

To start, in George Orwell’s 1984, the authoritarian ‘Big Brother’ ruthlessly rules over society, thereby negatively affecting it. The first way this is seen is the fact that freedom of expression, including the expression of unique thoughts, love, and more, are prohibited by the government, specifically ‘Big Brother’, in which all offenders are arrested by the ‘thought police’ and imprisoned in the ‘Ministry of Love’. The government’s vial opposition to expression is seen when O’Brien, a member of the inner party,…

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