Utopia as seen by Huxley and Gilman
The following paper compares two seminal works in the study of Utopia, Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ and Charlotte Perkin Gilman’s ‘Herland’, which show societies that theorize about nature in radically different ways.
The following paper explores the dividing factor between these two novels which comes to be seen not as a division between good, natural cultures and bad, unnatural cultures, but rather as a division between societies that rule by technology rather than by divine intervention and human understanding.
“The study of Utopia, an ideal “no-where place,” is the study of what a society must look like to create and maintains happiness for humankind. Many books have been written on the subject, and will continue to be written as long as mankind is barred from paradise. One of the themes that seems to be repeated throughout utopian literature is the process of overcoming natural evil, and the evil of nature.”