The short story “Indian Education” and dystopian novel “Brave New World” both explore the dystopian element of what it’s like to be an outcast in their society. Sherman Alexie is going to school on the Indian reservation and talks about how kids would always “steal my glasses and threw them over my head, around my outstretched hands, just beyond my reach, until someone tripped me and sent me falling again, facedown in the snow.”. Alexie is pointing out that he was punished for being unique even though kids are always told to just be their self and that people will love you just the way you are. Most of the time when kids are told to just be their self they will walk away and laugh because they know that that will never happen, but when one kid finally breaks the mold and express themselves freely they are immediately shot down and cast aside as the loser, nerd, geek, freak and so on and so on. Alexie is trying to give hope to his readers who are going through the same situation by telling them that their is light at the end of the tunnel and that it does get better. But most importantly he wants them to never give up. In “Brave New World” John the savage is cast aside by the native Indians because he is to white but he’s not accepted in the ‘normal’ society because of his savage ways. He talks about how “it was not for the pain that he sobbed; it was because he was all alone, because he had been driven out, alone, into this skeleton world of rocks and moonlight”. The author in this story is trying to show how no matter how hard John tries he will never be good enough for the savages because of his mothers “she-dog” ways and his ‘whiteness’. Even today in this modern day society it feels like; whether your trying to do everything in your power to be like the models on tv, or if your trying to be your own person and making your own path; that your never good enough. Individuals must decide whether they want to face that truth or die trying to change it, but one thing’s for sure and that is that your good enough for yourself and that’s all that really maters.