October 11, 2008
1984 and Brave New World
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
I love 1984 and Brave New World (BNW). I love how both address how the government uses different means to control people. I love the telescreens, the microphones, the soma (BNW), the propaganda, the select use of words, the idea that at some point, a person’s tale becomes the government and the media’s property and what you thought was truth was really something else. Even after finishing the book I wondered if the truth will ever be revealed. No one has an opinion. No one ever had a say. Poor Winston, poor weird guy that hung him self because of all the lies (BNW) and I never thought that Orwell or Huxley can be so spot on on certain things….
They are very good books, especially when dealing with truth and lies and whether either of them are important. In 1984 the government used lies to control people or get a certain response that would better help the people serve the Party. In Brave New World, the government used consumerism and attention to brainwash people. No one ever thought they were brainwashed, but only Winston and the guy who hung himself knew….
Their stories were never truly revealed by the end of the book–everyone was in the hype and moved on. Too bad truth never really had a chance against the propaganda and the government. The latter just had too much power.
Very good books, I must admit. Too good perhaps for anyone to truly comprehend. But I just can’t get over how Orwell thought of the microphones and the telescreens to look over people. Reminds me of stuff that the government does in this society to people.