Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Then and now...

How does our society reflect some of the themes, situations, or characters in your novel? Be specific and explain your thoughts. Thanks to those of you that commented on "Dystopian Societies" that led to this post.

7 comments:

rebeccal5 said...

In "Brave New World" I see a lot of our society in there. Thankfully it is very exaggerated and is not possible at this day and time, but I do see freakish similarities. In the novel they do not know what old is. They have found ways to preserve their bodies for 60 years before the body just shuts down. Their desire for youth and attractiveness is obviously like out society today. It kind of makes me look a little forward to getting older, just to know that we are still humans, that we are natural and healthy.

GigiR1 said...

After reading Brave New World, I begin to notice similarities between Mountain Brook itself and the world the people in this novel are striving to create. In many ways, Mountain Brook is much like a uptopia. It is, by no means actually perfect, but is percieved that way by those looking from the outside. It offers safety, an outstanding educational experience, and so forth.

AshtonH1 said...

Our modern society reflects some of the themes in 1984 with the idea of watching you. The United States has passed the USA Patriot Act which enables wiretapping, library searches, and other forms of searching without probable cause. The same can be said for 1984, when government officials tap into the telescreen to make sure that the individual is complying with government regulations.

maggieb6 said...

Ok... In "The Handmaid's Tale", pretty much everything is different. The characters still feel the same way we do, but all of their feeling of want and desire are much stronger. The situation is completely different because of the way they live. There is no love, friendship, or anything of that sort. The purpose of life is to reproduce. So far, there has not been a moment of joy.

SamM5 said...

I agree with Ashton, modern day U.S.A. shares some similar qualities to that in 1984, though not to the extent of complete totalitarianism in the least. NYC recently passed a law saying the NYPD is responsible for surveillance for basically every inch of the city, in order to avoid crime. This, along with the Patriot Act, which enables the NSA to wiretap, use only one search warrant for several causes of suspected criminals etc. This is similar in a sense to the radical political machine in 1984.

KatherineK5 said...

Actually it's kind of scary because in "A Brave New World" a lot of the things that seem so crazy are actually beginning to happen. For example, in the 4os when this book was written, it seemed really "out there" that someone would ever think of a way to have test-tube babies and selling women's eggs. Now, however, things like this are happening. It's scary to wonder what other weird things from this book will someday come true.

petersloan06 said...

conservative women get ragged on pretty hard in a handmaids tale, portrayed as blind puppets who are championing moral values and self respect but end up aiding in hte imprisonment of their own sex

sucks for you ann coulter