More's Utopia And Huxley's Brave New World: Differing Societies



Thomas More’s Utopia and Aldus Huxley’s Brave New World , are
novels about societies that differ from our own. Though the two authors
have chosen different approaches to create an alternate society, both books
have similarities which represent the visions of men who were moved to
great indignation by the societies in which they lived. Both novels have
transcended contemporary problems in society , they both have a structured,
work based civilization and both have separated themselves from the ways of
past society. It is important when reading these novels to focus on the
differences as well as the similarities. The two novels differ in their
views of love, religion, and the way to ...

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Most of all, he wants to curtail pride, the
evil he believes is at the root of all evils -- "the infernal serpent that
steals into the hearts of men, thwarting and holding them back from
choosing the better way of life." Likewise, in Aldus Huxley’s Brave New
World, crime and greed have been eliminated and everybody is satisfied with
their social status. This similarity between the two novels suggests that
the authors may have seen a link between social status and crime. Indeed,
in western civilization, it is evident through statistics that a large
amount of crime takes place amongst the lower class. Both authors saw that
by eliminating the self pity and jealousy that comes with a lower social
status, they would also be eliminating the crime and greed that comes with
it.
In order to maintain a society free of social inequality both
authors set up a civilization based on strict societal structure. In More’s
Utopia, a system was set up so that all work was completed. The people ...

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- eight-ninths below the water line, one-ninth above." In order to further
insure stability, the Controllers of Brave New World have also provided the
workers with endless distractions, some of which are similar to those that
are popular today. Foremost among these is soma, "the perfect drug." It is
"euphoric, narcotic, pleasantly hallucinate" and has "all the advantages of
Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects." All workers are required
to take the drug (everyone receives a daily ration), making it an
indispensable component of social control. The social control that both
societies thrive on is one that our society lacks, the authors imply that a
more structured environment ...

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