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Thread: "Brave new world" vs "1984"

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    "Brave new world" vs "1984"

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    If you have to choose a life in a distopia, what would you prefer:

    Brave New World (by Aldous Huxley)

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    Nineteen Eighty-Four (by George Orwell)

    Please, feel free to engage your imagination.

    Last edited by Canell; 02-02-13 at 10:14 AM.

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    Re: "Brave new world" vs "1984"

    Neither
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    I live not in fear
    Maybe I am too stupid to live in fear
    There should be a "other" choice, but then the OP would lose control.
    "preffered" = ???

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    Re: "Brave new world" vs "1984"

    Why is Brave New World a distopia? There's no war, no capitalism, everyone has a role to play in society and everyone is provided for. And there's no Victorian sexual oppression and sexual closed-mindedness.

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    Re: "Brave new world" vs "1984"

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    Neither
    Sorry, not allowed. Nobody said it would be an easy dilemma.

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    "preffered" = ???
    Ops, sorry.

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    Re: "Brave new world" vs "1984"

    Quote Originally Posted by AtlantaAdonis View Post
    Why is Brave New World a distopia? There's no war, no capitalism, everyone has a role to play in society and everyone is provided for. And there's no Victorian sexual oppression and sexual closed-mindedness.
    Good point. From the encyclopedia:

    Huxley referred to Brave New World as a "negative utopia" (see dystopia), somewhat influenced by Wells' own The Sleeper Awakes (dealing with subjects like corporate tyranny and behavioral conditioning) and the works of D. H. Lawrence.

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    Re: "Brave new world" vs "1984"

    Both were rather horrific, IMO, but for very different reasons.

    Brave New World: a drugged existence for most, little opportunity to better your circumstances, love and true intimacy discouraged in favor of casual and meaningless sex without long term relationships, no family life, a stale and stagnant culture.

    1984: Mind-numbing oppression, constant surveillance, arrest and torture and "re-education" for the slightest hint of dissenting THOUGHT, etc.


    Of the two though, it is no contest that Brave New World would be a lot less disagreeable to live in, if you HAD to choose one or the other.

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    Re: "Brave new world" vs "1984"

    I vote for "We" by Yevgeny Zamyatin.

    Since Huxley borrowed so many of his themes and all.......
    "you're better off on Stormfront discussing how evil brown men are taking innocent white flowers." Infinite Chaos

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    Re: "Brave new world" vs "1984"

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Of the two though, it is no contest that Brave New World would be a lot less disagreeable to live in, if you HAD to choose one or the other.
    Well, it is a contest - I would choose the Brave New World 100 times before 1984.

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    Re: "Brave new world" vs "1984"

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    I vote for "We" by Yevgeny Zamyatin.

    Since Huxley borrowed so many of his themes and all.......
    "We" is an interesting read, if for nothing else, it's history as an early example of the dystopian novel. But I remember it being a pretty tedious at times.

    PS wasn't the accusation that both Huxley and Orwell based their books on "we"

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    Re: "Brave new world" vs "1984"

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Chuckles View Post
    "We" is an interesting read, if for nothing else, it's history as an early example of the dystopian novel. But I remember it being a pretty tedious at times.

    PS wasn't the accusation that both Huxley and Orwell based their books on "we"
    Oh, yeah. As a literary work, it left something to be desired. As a generator of ideas, though, it was something of a landmark, even if obscure.

    That these two writers so often mentioned in the same breath both borrowed from the themes indicates its importance.
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