The poem Being Different by TheSilent Loudness and the book Brave New World by Aldous Huxley both contain someone looking back at a society, whether dystopian or not, and claiming to be different from it. In the poem, the very first line starts with, “what’s normal to you is perplexing to me”, which confirms the claim quite obviously. An unnamed person is looking at a different society and finding it odd, and in the second line, their own society is described as “strange” from the prior society’s perspective. This is very similar to the relationship between John and Bernard in Brave New World. John has been exposed to Bernard’s way of living, and he has decided that it is one of the worst things he has ever experienced. When looking ill, John says one of the most eye opening pieces in the book. After being asked by Bernard why he looks so pale, John replies with, “I ate civilization”. Not only is John “perplex[ed]” by Bernard’s society, but he is rather disgusted. Both pieces of text contain negative emotions to the differences in ways of living. John hates nearly everything about it, and there’s tension all around the poem. Unfortunately, John is not able to stand the differences, and that’s where the two texts start to differ. John gives up, and the last lines of the poem is almost trying to convince the two differing societies to understand each other. Two very similar beginnings, with two very different endings.
The poem The Music written by Kathryn Thompson and the book Brave New World by Aldous Huxley both have signs of the dystopian element of living in a dehumanized state where there is the illusion of a perfect (but temporary) solution. In Brave New World, drugs are encouraged. There is one main drug called soma, in which “one cubic centimetre cures ten gloomy...” that is taken quite regularly. One goes on “holidays” for several hours, where they are mentally in a happier place. The effects don’t last forever, though, which requiers more and more doses of the drug. It’s quite similar to Kathryn Thompson’s poem about music. She describes the music as “soft” and how much she “love[s] the music”, but also how she feels when the music stops. She expresses this in her poem by writing “no music means no life”, which can be compared to no soma means no life. Both elements are being treated as desperate solutions, almost like an addiction. The end of the poem ends with “good bye music”, which is quite strange for an ending. It’s almost like the end of the struggle, like an acceptance of the end. The end of soma would be death, which also is tied to the concept of acceptance. These two different texts are clinging on to their drug until the very end, where there is a final and peaceful end. Those affected by these endings probably don’t realize that they are hooked. They’re dehumanized into a state of constant highs without even knowing the full story. The end of their ignorant lives is the realization of what the end really turns out to be.
The website dummies.com explaining the Indian caste system and the book Brave New World by Aldous Huxley both have the dystopian element of a strict uniform setting by having a tier system in their society. In Brave New World, people are tiered by Alpha, Beta, Epilson, etc. Unfortunately, with genetic engineering, “the Epilson mind was mature at ten, the Epilson body was not fit to work till eighteen”. The tier system is very physical and mental in this society. There are obvious differences between an Alpha plus and an Epilson. The different group system often “dictates the type of occupations a person can peruse and the social interactions she may have”, as in the Hindu caste system. Of course the caste system is not as extreme, but there are limitations and social balances within the tiers. There are differences and separations between the groups in these societies, one has genetically engineered their people to be happy about the rather shocking differences, and the other has the hope of reincarnation for a better tier in their next life.
Still Waiting - a song written by Sum 41 to express how the singer feels about society. He sings the words “so am I still waiting for this world to stop hating” to really focus on the fact that people are judgemental toward others. He himself is similar to Harrison, who is trying to break free out of the heavy (direct and indirect) laws of society. George even comments on their society when he asks, “the minute people start cheating on laws, what do you think happens to society?” to Hazel.