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The novel Brave New world composed by Aldous Huxley and the film Blade runner produced by Ridley Scott are both texts which can be classified as science fiction nevertheless It must be noted that both texts were created in contrasting historical social contexts Huxley wrote the novel in 1932- post World War 1 during a period of change and disillusionment A period marked by brutal dictatorships mass persecution and depression Huxleys choice of character names subtly support the novels themes such as Marx Engels along with prominent supporters of capitalism Ford Mussolini and Mond Clearly such names are incompatible without changing the ideologies presented in the novel Huxleys obsession with the democratic civilisations were on the brink of collapse was during his study of America the democratic capitalist nation Huxley despises American societys preoccupation with consumerism which he describes as a barbaric reality of instantaneous gratification Nevertheless the world state is barbaric as it serves to manipulate the masses to keep them happy and restrict the elite via biological pre-determined morality Neither Brave New World nor Blade runner illustrates an optimistic picture of the relationship between humanity and nature in the future In Brave New World the lower castes Deltas and Epsilons are conditioned to hate nature so that they are happy to be incarcerated in the factories doing the work they have been bred for A love for nature keeps no factories busy It was decided to abolish a love of nature at any rate among the lower castes The novels depiction of the world states utopian society results in all things natural to humans There is a loss of individualism freedom natural birth a love of nature all of which are frowned upon in the world state and expected in barbaric savage reservation The film portrays san aesthetic wasteland where man escapes a degraded planet void of all things natural to an off world colony which was built by more human than
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