In describing the modern

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In describing the modern, postwar world, Huxley acknowledges the prophetic power of George  Orwell's  1984 . In communist nations, Huxley points out, leaders used to control individuals with  punishment, just as the representatives of Big Brother frighten and at times torture citizens into  submission in Orwell's novel. But in the Soviet Union at least, the death of Stalin brought an end to  the "old-fashioned" form of universal tyranny. By the late 1950s, in the Soviet bloc, governments  attempted to control high-ranking individuals with rewards — just as in  Brave New World . Meanwhile,  the government continued to enforce conformity on the masses by fear of punishment. Communist  totalitarianism, therefore, combined the  Brave New World  and  1984  styles of oppression. Both novels  proved sadly prophetic. Still, Huxley argues, the future will look more like 
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