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Foreseeing the Future Have you ever tried to predict the future Many people have struggled to foresee the future however Aldous Huxley and George Orwell seemed to have incredibly appealing thoughts of what our world was headed towards with many of their ideas The main idea behind Huxleys Brave New World was to portray how technology and the government could influence the state of happiness among the people Orwells 1984 focused more on the way war and dictatorship in a society can shape a world into a place where its citizens live in constant terror and paranoia In this passage social critic Neil Postman compares and contrasts both authors beliefs I agree with Postman in that the Utopia depicted in Brave New World has numerous similarities to todays society while the Big Brother-dominated society created by Orwell is simply obsolete When searching for relevance in both writers predictions it is necessary to compare the goals of the government when the book was written with the goals of the governments in the stories Orwell wrote 1984 in 1948 during a time where communism was gaining extraordinary influence and the Cold War was just beginning The world was just beginning to realize the horrifying truths about how destructive technology could be A Brave New World was written in 1932 just as America was pulling itself out of the Great Depression Inventions were rapidly putting end to manual labor and making life stress-free Many of Huxleys ideas were influenced by the depressed lives of Americans at the time It seems as if both writers depict extremes of the worlds that they were living in at the time they wrote the books The story took place 600 years into the future when the primary goal of the world leaders was ensure happiness among the people He realized that excessive greed would eventually lead to sadness When comparing both books to todays society the most prevalent difference between the
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