British society was officially at peace, but the social effects of the Great War, as it was then called, were becoming apparent. Huxley and his contemporaries wrote about changes in national feeling, questioning of long-held social and moral assumptions, and the move toward more equality among the classes and between the sexes. Historical Background The Russian Revolution and challenges to the British Empire abroad raised the possibility of change on a world scale. At home, the expansion of transportation and communication — the cars, telephones, and radios made affordable through mass production — also brought revolutionary changes to daily life.
The society is led to believe that Big Brother is the face and leader of the party. It is never clear what the life of the hierarchy is like, or who truly rules Oceania, but what is certain is that they have reconditioned and oppressed the people.
Believing that they are in a place where they are being looked after and in a state whereby they put the wellbeing of the people first. This in turn makes it impossible for the people to challenge the state.
In one instance Winston purchases a paperweight in the antiques shop which he considers beautiful and resembles his hopes in the world, as well as a metaphor for his memories. Smith purchases the glass paperweight when he and Julia just commenced their affair with each other.
However as the thought police detain Winston the glass paperweight smashes on the floor signifying the end of his hope and his relationship with Julia, and thus shows the allegorical use of the paperweight as it resembles oppression. Furthermore his memory will inevitably be reconditioned and so shows the ruthless nature of the government.
You might dodge successfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or later they were bound to get you.
Even though a diary should be personal he may be considering leaving it for someone else to read. This act of criminality indirectly challenges the state and underlines Winston as a sign of rebellion against the party.
For example Nazi Germany thrived on having the ability of knowing who challenged their ideology and monitor those who posed a threat to the political regime. Similarly with Stalin, his paranoia led him to be so obsessive with detecting potential threats to his government. The society is evidently broken and the fact the government has to call upon such measures suggests they have lost control of the people.
The society acts pragmatically to supposedly solve issues of an already broken state. Milk represents nourishment for infants, and the fact that the milk is laced with drugs, shows that this government are feeding their young population with corrupt and irresponsible behaviour.
With this carries a huge irony as we would normally associate milk with a healthy lifestyle, however in this case the opaque nature of the milk would seem to drive Burgess to acquire milk as leading those who drink it down the wrong path.
In this way our narrator highlights both the lacing of drugs and the use of violence. Burgess uses this to depict how something so vital to life has been corrupted by the government.
This creates a more basic society whereby expression and learning is wiped away from the population. Burgess in turn has created a society where the language fits well with the atmosphere within the society, not only is society broken, but also the dialect used by the citizens.
Alex is an example of a victim within such a broken state, this is seen through his violent nature. Our protagonist, though seemingly a manifestation of evil, is left unaided in civilization.
However Burgess is underline that no matter how morally corrupt a human being is, no one deserves to have the freedom of self-rule taken away from them.In George Orwell's novel , Venus has become a semi-Utopian anarchist society, based of course on Korzybski's precepts.
An extreme case of this was in Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange, which required the reader to refer to the glossary every sentence or so.
More smooth was John Brunner's Stand On Zanzibar. A Comparison of the Utopian Societies in Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange and George Orwell's Throughout both ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and ‘’ oppression and despondence are clear within the texts. The book was written in , during the Franco and Mao regime and after the Nazi government, therefore giving us an indication of Orwell’s intentions within his text, as a reaction to these regimes and is an attempt to draw comparisons to these states.
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