The novel “Brave New World” and the article “How Socialism destroyed the Family Structure” both explore the dystopian element of how drugs take control over citizens lives while ruining families and how family provides independence. The characters in Brave New World, use the drug Soma. Soma is the cure to solving their problems and getting away from life for a little bit, especially getting away from the people in the community. There is no family structure in London, so when John the Savage comes to town, he immediately feels isolated in this new community. John the Savage is against the drug by far and is persuading the twins not to take it, stating “Throw it all away, that horrible poison.” (211) and “Don’t take that horrible stuff. It’s poison, it’s poison.” (211). Nobody wants to listen to John and he feels like an outsider, “They forgot all about the savage. Their attention was now focused on the black cashbox, which the young man had placed on the table, and was now in the process of unlocking.”(209). John is furious about how people solve their problems in London compared to New Mexico, where there is a family support system throughout the whole community to help you with your circumstances so you don’t have to do it independently. Family structure provides yourself in the journey of becoming an independent person and by someone always being there for you. John has no one to turn to, so is now becoming independent in a stranger-like place with no support. This relates a lot to the division of communist East Berlin separating from democratic West Berlin. At the end of World War 2, during 1945, Germany had split into East and West Berlin because of communism, democracy, and socialism (The Cold War), meaning the government chose to not have a support system, and control the citizens themselves instead. The Berlin Wall split many families apart and many citizens felt isolated when a majority of their family was on the other side of the wall and had no support system with them. They then had to become independent on their own and get through this rough time in their lives. In the article “How Socialism Destroyed the Family Structure” (the setting is talking about Russia) the government strictly explains, “Children were taught that the state was their parent instead of their biological parents.” (⅓). There is a comparison between the children in Russia and John the Savage and how they both don’t have a family structure with them and how there is no support provided for them in there new communities. They both have strong subjects that are taking over their communities lifestyle and therefore decrease the family support system that most families have today. Children were being forced to testify against their parents and Martin Armstrong stated, “There is still no child privilege in American law illustrating there is still no respect for the core family structure.” (⅔). Children need to have a family supported structure in order to grow up as healthy and safe kids and they cannot do that if the government isn’t letting them. In conclusion, individuals must consider if they need family structure or dangerous subjects, such as drugs or the government, to have a leading role in their lifestyle. It’s important that we are grateful for what kind of community and family support system we have today and we must never let anyone or anything have a negative impact on controlling our lives today. Our own independence should not be controlled by an unnecessary distraction that could possibly put us or our families at risk.