Huxley’s Brave New World and Zamyatin’s We Compared
A look at the differences and similarities in how both authors portray the overriding effect of oppression in both their visions of the future and their fear of the loss of individualism.
“Both Brave New World and We warn of dark futures of totalitarian government. Both novels warn of a society in which the individual is lost to the collective. More worrisome is that people may not fight their oppression, but embrace it. Brave New World suggests that to be on guard against the threat, society must be wary of the oppression of pleasure, in which ecstasy allows adult society to descend to infantile hedonism. We suggests that ideological extremism must not allow society to objectify nature and deny morality and humanity. The overriding effect of oppression in both the World State and the One State is the loss of individuality; the essence of individualism is antithetical to the power structures of both societies. Though the oppression differs in We and Brave New World, both warn of ominous futures. “