What is a good thesis for a comparison/contrast essay of 1984 and Brave New World?
Both authors give a warning about the future and I would like to explore the message that they are sending to us through the characters actions in the two novels
Certainly, both Aldous Huxley in his furturistic novel, Brave New World, and George Orwell in his novel of 1984, also futuristic in the era in which it was written, foresaw the loss of individuality within controlled states. Orwell's dark vision of the future portrays the personality of Winston Smith being erased and his thoughts controlled. Likewise, the New World controls thoughts; however, there is a genetic engineering which mainly does this by means of creating people of certain intellectual and emotional levels. Added to this caste system is the hypnopaedia, or sleep conditioning, of the New World.
Yet within Huxley's New World, there are men who secretly rebel, as does Winston Smith. Whereas Winston keeps a diary of his personal feelings, Helmholtz of Brave New World reads forbidden books and writes. Clearly, there is dissatisfaction in both of the worlds created in the narratives of Orwell and Huxley. When the Savage arrives in the New World, he feels deeply this dissastifaction as all feelings and thoughts are artificially generated. There is no sorrow, therefore there can be no real happiness, the savage learns in the New World.
So, here are some commonalities which also point to the differences between the two novels under consideration. Perhaps a thesis that compares and contrasts the two novels could point to similarities in theme and in character as well as their differences. For instance, a comparison between Winston Smith and one of the main characters such as Bernard Marx and/or Helmholtz--even John the Savage, who, like Winston loses his personality--will serve you. Certainly, you can draw parallels among them as they seek the assertion of their own individuality in a world that is tightly controlled.