Brave New World and 1984
As I read Brave New World and 1984, I noticed how some of Aldous Huxley and
George Orwell’s prophecies are becoming true.As science and technology progresses,
we have the opportunity to alter few aspects of our lives, even though our freedom and
privacy may be in jeopardy.
In Brave New World, science allows babies to be artificially produced in a
laboratory.Nowadays, parents who cannot conceive children are also able to artificially
produce their children with the help of science and the genes of both parents.As science
advances, the parents may even be able to reform the genes of their baby in order to have
that perfect child.In addition, through the Bokanovsky’s Process, ninety-six identical
twins can be produced with one bokansovskified egg.Recently, cloning has allowed us to
produce identical mammals.If cloning is possible, it will not be surprising when we
produce ninety-six identical twins with one egg, like in Brave New World, in the future.
The “Brave New Worlders” take soma whenever they feel troublesome, depressed
or angry.The soma makes them feel pleasant and comfortable.Nowadays when one is
having a bad day or does not feel good, he may result to something much like soma such
as alcohol or drugs to produce that same pleasant feeling.
The government ofthe World State conditions its citizens at a very young age.
The people are controlled by repeated phrases in their sleep.Even though it is not as
extreme as in the Brave New World, I feel that we are also being conditioned.It is more
obvious now.When we watch commercials on television, we are conditioned to buy the
products and believe that by buying that particular brand of clothing we will look better
and be well liked.The ads are harmless as long as we do not sacrifice the important idea