The dystopian novel “Brave New World” and the article “Classic works of literature still have a place in today's classrooms” both explore the dystopian element of using propaganda to control society and why literature can be beneficial to those who read it. In BNW, John is explaining to Helmholtz why shakespeare and other pieces of art/literature are so important to read. John says that society today is “blissfully ignorant of passion and old age” and that they are so conditioned they “can't help behaving as they ought to behave”. With Ford and the director having stripped all types of literature from the citizens and conditioned them to be afraid of it, it has “plagued” society because they have no “lovers to feel strongly about”, and when “something goes wrong, there's always soma”. In the article “Classic works of literatures still have a place in today's classroom”, the author says that reading classic literature allows people to “gain a broad view of society” and “feel what it could have been like” as a character. It allows people to have “empathy” and “value” others and in BNW, that is everything the director doesn't want them to have. Without the existence of literature in their lives, the society of BNW can go about their everyday lives without having feelings of wanting another life, but if they were to have the access to literature, society would learn how to love, feel sorry for others, realize what the director has done to them, and potentially rebel against the director for having controlled them for so long. As long as the society in BNW continues to be brainwashed and hidden from the world of literature and art, no one will ever understand or get to experience what John feels about literature and why he loves it so much. John must decide whether or not he wants to conform to society's rules, be known as the savage who loves to read literature, or convince society to replace the soma of everyday life with literature, and experience what real life is like.