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ERIC Number: ED017512
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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RELATIVE THEORY OF GOOD IN "BRAVE NEW WORLD" AND "1984."
PARTRIDGE, ALICE
ONE METHOD OF INTERESTING THE AVERAGE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT IN QUESTIONING INTELLIGENTLY THE NATURE OF GOOD IS THROUGH THE STUDY OF HUXLEY'S "BRAVE NEW WORLD" AND ORWELL'S "1984." IN BOTH OF THESE NEGATIVE UTOPIAS THE LOSS OF MAN'S HUMANITY, INDIVIDUALITY, AND RIGHT TO REASON THE NATURE OF GOOD ARE THE VERY QUALITIES WHICH MAKE HIM "EXCELLENT," AND WHICH ARE NECESSARY FOR A "GOOD" SOCIETY WHERE STABILITY IS THE PARAMOUNT VIRTURE, DISEASE AND POVERTY ARE ERADICATED THROUGH THE APPLICATION OF SCIENCE, AND MAN IS NEVER FACED WITH MAKING THOSE AGONIZING CHOICES WHICH WRENCH HIS PSYCHE. THE YOUNG READER, AFTER STUDYING THE TWO NOVELS AND BEING FRIGHTENED BY WHAT HE RECOGNIZES AS A POSSIBLE FUTURE REALITY--GIVEN THE COURSE OF HUMAN HISTORY, MAN'S NATURE, AND THE RISE OF SCIENCE--COMES TO STAND WITH THE SAVAGE OF "BRAVE NEW WORLD." HE REALIZES THAT IT IS THE RIGHT TO QUESTION THE NATURE OF GOOD AND EVIL IN A FREE SOCIETY WHICH PRESERVES MAN'S HUMANITY AND INDIVIDUALITY--WHICH MAKES HIM HUMAN INSTEAD OF A ROBOT. EVEN THOUGH HE MAY NEVER REALLY KNOW THE TRUE NATURE OF GOOD, THE STUDENT SEES THE IMPORTANCE OF QUESTIONING ITS NATURE. (THIS PAPER WAS PRESENTED AT THE 1967 NCTE ANNUAL CONVENTION.) (DL)
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Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Champaign, IL.
Identifiers: Huxley (Aldous); Orwell (George); 1984 (Title)