Without doubt the top-two classic dystopian novels of all time are Brave New World (1932) by Aldous Huxley and 1984 (1949) by George Orwell. Though there are many contenders for third place, I will restrict myself to those two novels in this articles.
That Brave New World and 1984 are often mentioned in one breath, is not surprising, since both novels have many similarities. The first similarity between these two works of fiction, is that both described societies have a strict social stratification. The population of the World State of Brave New World has been divided into five castes (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon), where 1984’s Oceania distinguish three social classes (Inner party members, Outer party members and the Proles). Continue reading →