Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning while giving an educational tour of the

Director of hatcheries and conditioning while giving

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Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning, while giving an educational tour of the Department of Hatcheries and Conditioning to a group of students, says,” We also predestine and condition. We decant our babies as socialized human beings, as Alphas and Epsilons, as future sewage workers or future…future Directors of Hatcheries” (Huxley, 13). The Alphas are the high-class people who hold important intellectual positions in the society. The Epsilons, the lowest social class, are the labor-class people who, like the Proles in 1984 , are unaware and unintelligent. Each of the Alphas is created unique, whereas all Epsilons are created identical in appearance and intellectuality. Also, members of each caste dress in distinct colors in order to differentiate themselves from the people of other castes. However, even though the caste system exists in both the societies, the people in one society have a different attitude towards this social arrangement than the other. This is mainly due to the conditioning of the populace. In 1984 , all the citizens of the country of Oceania are conditioned to like their country’s leader, Big Brother,
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and they are filled with hatred for the Proles. Anyone who is opposed to this social system is made to accept it by using forceful means and torturous methods such as “Room 101.” As opposed to this, in Brave New World , each person is merged into a certain social position in which they are conditioned to be content. From an early age, they are fed with knowledge by the means of hypnopædia, or sleep-learning, a method through which they are taught to love the people of their own caste and take pride in what they do, and at the same time despise the people of other castes for what they are and what they do. This entire system of dividing their society into various castes is a propaganda used by the governments in both novels to instill a sense of collectivism in each citizen and eliminate the possibility of individualism. Another way in which the governments of the two societies exercise their power is by controlling the personal lives of their citizens. Both the governments control the relationships and personal lives of their citizens. They classify relationships as unimportant, and sex as meaningless. According to both the novels, the real pleasure lies not in sexual relationships, but in making others happy. The people in 1984 are made to believe that “our duty to the party” (Orwell, 69) involves sex and babies, thus making relationships and the sexual act not an act of personal happiness and pleasure, but a duty of every responsible citizen towards the Inner party. Likewise, in Brave New World , sex is something which is relatively unimportant, and the real pleasure is achieved through Solidarity Service and by taking drugs in the form of soma tablets. Although the sexual relationships in both the novels are classified as meaningless, terms and conditions of being in this type of relationships still exist. In the novel Brave New World, the government is very persistent to control all aspects of citizens’ lives including laws regarding sex and morality. Within this
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