The Handmaids Tale vs. Brave New World, what?

This dystopian comparison is split into multiple posts. You can find them all through this link.

Modern Riff Raff

The Handmaid’s Tale, is a dystopian novel written by Margaret Atwood, published in 1985 and set in an alternative U.S. state. Atwood was born in Ottawa, Ontario, on November 18, 1939. Her novel depicts a totalitarian government and the life of a Handmaid, “Offred”, who has entered an altered state of mind due to the abrupt change in government and lifestyle. The Handmaid’s Tale was written in West Berlin and Alabama in the mid-1980s and quickly became a best-seller. Atwood makes use of specific characteristics that allows the text to fall directly within the twentieth-century tradition of anti-utopian, or “dystopian” novels category.

Brave New World, also a dystopian novel, written by Aldous Huxley, was published in 1932. Huxley was born in Surrey, England, on July 26, 1894, and into a family rooted in England’s literary and scientific tradition. Much of his work deals with the conflict between the interests…

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