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Characteristics of the Outcast

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Overall Thematic Ideas of the Outcast in Dystopian Fiction
-An dystopian outcast will usually seek an escape from the artificial, over-controlled society in which they live.
-"The tombs, ill-lit by television light, where the people sat like the dead, the grey or multi-coloured lights touching their faces, but never really touching them." ("The Pedestrian")

-An outcast is usually denied societal acceptance as a way to prevent his or her ideas from being accepted.
-"'Poor little Bernard!' he said to himself. But at the same time he felt rather ashamed for his friend. He wished Bernard would show a little more pride." (
Brave New World
)
Brave New World
-Outcast: Bernard Marx
-Not by his own choice
-Refuses to take the "Soma"
-Critiques
capitalism
-Shows the effects of an
artificial world
"The Pedestrian"
-Outcast: Leonard Mead
-Critiques neither consumerism or communism, but critiques social control
-People live synthetic lives, kept in there houses, attached, mindless, to their televisions.
-"Magazines and books didn't sell any more. Everything went on in the tomb-like houses at night now, he thought, continuing his fancy."
George Orwell (1903-1950)
-Commonly critiqued communism and social control
-Soviet Union
-Active in the Spanish Civil War to combat fascism and socialism
Acquainted With the Night
-The Tone is very melancholy and uneasy.
-About superficial interactions between people in times of mourning
-"Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.
I have been one acquainted with the night."
-Outcasts seek
solitude
, while others seek
endless, artificial social interaction
.
The World is Too Much With Us
-Contrasts "getting and spending" with natural imagery in a very melancholy tone
-Explores the effects of a superficial consumerist culture (mindless people that only care about money)
-"Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!"
Characteristics of the Outcast

Analysis of:
Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley

1984
by George Orwell
"The Pedestrian" by Ray Bradbury
"Acquainted with the Night" by Robert Frost
"The World is Too Much With Us" by William Wordsworth
Yes, another Prezi. Sorry.
1984
-Outcast: Winston Smith
-By his own choice
-Becomes especially fascinated with the real history
-Critiques
communism
-Everyone lives a
synthetic life
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
-English writer and philosopher
-Wrote about the effects of a hallucinogenic drug in
The Doors of Perception
-Elements in his books
-Was very interested in spiritual philosophy
-Elements in his books
Thematic Ideas in
1984
and
Brave New World
1984:
-
History
is key to the public's understanding of its situation and its manipulation can lead to dependance on the state.
-"Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

Brave New World
-
Excessive consumerism
can be as detrimental - or worse - than communism and can lead to an omnipresent state.
-"Every one works for every one else. We can’t do without any one. Even Epsilons are useful. We couldn’t do without Epsilons. Every one works for every one else. We can’t do without any one. . . ."

Both
-
Rigid social control
from the government is very detrimental to humans and leads to people who are unable to think for themselves.
"Ford, we are twelve; oh, make us one,
Like drops within the Social River;
Oh, make us now together run
As swiftly as thy shining Flivver.
. . .
Orgy-porgy, Ford and fun,
Kiss the girls and make them One.
Boys at one with girls at peace;
Orgy-porgy gives release."
("Brave New World")
"WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH"
("1984")
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