(Based on George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World)
When everything is forbidden, the most perfect crime is love. Committing the act of loving will let you explore a world full of happiness. However, it can bring danger and risks that only true lovers will be able to take. If you let yourself go of all the aspects holding you back, and devote yourself to this abstract concept, nothing else will matter. We’ve had the pleasure of reading two pieces of wonderful literature in which the authors take us into different worlds than what we’re used to and shows us how loving is more complicated than what anyone imagines. To start with, there was Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Secondly, we read 1984 by George Orwell. Despite oppression, love will try to find its way through those who think differently to make a difference.
Love can emerge between people who are or think differently from each other; they might even have completely opposite ways of thinking. They say opposites attract. Winston hated the dark haired girl because he couldn’t have and he thought they were both very different people. However, later on something happened that made him confused. Not only was he a feeble man, but also insecure. We can clearly see this through Orwell’s writing. For example, after Winston helped Julia, she intentionally slipped a piece of paper in his hand. “Whatever was written on the paper, it must have some kind of political meaning. (…) more likely, was that the girl was an agent of the Thought Police, just as he had feared. (…) On it was written, in a large unformed handwriting: I LOVE YOU (Orwell, 1996, p. 135-136)”. In this moment, Winston is troubled about what could happen and what his next move should be. However, even if a couple does happen to be dissimilar, they can work out their differences, just like in Brave New World. Here, John and Lenina are very different, but despite that, John loves her from the minute she sees her, and she eventually realizes she loves him too. Plus, when people get together and create a bond, they can become stronger. Julia, like Winston, hates the Party and sees through many of its techniques. By having the same interests and thoughts, they can feel part of something bigger, like they belong somewhere, and being together makes them stronger. In both cases, we see the characters act negatively against the ruling system at times. With no doubt, people capable of having feelings can be different, but sometimes, from those differences, a strong and more complex love can bloom.
The act of loving can be dangerous and might even bring with it ramifications that people will be willing to accept. There are some who might be against it, creating a huge obstacle for lovers. Love is not accepted in 1984. The only purpose for which one should be having sexual intercourse is for the benefit of the party. For Winston’s wife, there were two ways of referring to sex. “One was ‘making a baby’, and the other was ‘our duty to the Party’ (Orwell, 1996, p. 85)”. On top of that, to some, love is not about feelings and it never should be. We can clearly see this in Huxley’s Brave New World. Unlike 1984, not only love is dishonorable. Families and parents are also unacceptable, and have not been part of society for a long time. Sex is completed for reproductive means only. Families were banned to completely reduce the possibility of people caring for each other, for it was believed, they would disrupt order. This is why the idea of parents wasn’t openly accepted. ““And ‘parent’?” questioned the D.H.C. There was an uneasy silence. Several of the boys blushed. (…) in those days of gross viviparous reproduction, children were always brought up by their parents (…) (Huxley, 1989, p. 23)”. Nevertheless, if you are careful enough, holding on to a furtive relationship might be worth it. This happened to Winston and Julia who found each other and learned they shared a common enemy. They fell in love and had an affair in which they could express themselves freely, which was something they never could’ve done elsewhere. However, they got caught, but the love and the experience they got to live was unforgettable, and truly worthy. Love can surely be dangerous and risky at times. However it will take you to a place where you can see life as something beautiful if you’re with that special person.
Adoration for another being will free you and let you see the world in a different perspective. It´ll Purge you from negative thoughts. For example, when Winston is waiting for Julia in the room above the junk shop, he sees and hears a parole woman singing. When he sees this, he acquires some kind of hope. At this moment he’s not only thinking about what his word actually is, for he’s become more involved in his own thoughts and opinions. Love is the key that opens up a path to different habits of expression. These involve using alternate pieces of knowledge you couldn’t use anywhere else. We can appreciate this through John, from Brave New World as he expresses his love to Lenina through Shakespeare, which isn’t allowed in this society either. He had said: “‘If thou dost break her virgin knot before all sanctimonious ceremonies may with full and holy rite’ (…) For Ford’s sake, John, talk sense (…) (Huxley, 1989, p. 195)”. Despite how hard John was trying to express his love to Lenina with Shakespeare’s beautiful words, she was used to another type of expression and couldn’t realize it. Whether someone enjoys certain things that were unknown to them or not, you can experience new things. It could bring you euphoria, happiness, and even panic. This is clearly shown to us when Julia arrives at the Savage Reservation. She notices everything there is very different to what she’s used to. She was so confused by all this change in atmosphere that she overdosed herself into a deep sleep of about 18 hours. People you spend your time with and you built any kind of connection to can show you things that you’re not used to, but it’s all part of life. Eventually there’ll be a moment in which the slightest detail will be reminiscent to the moment you once shared with that person and you will enjoy it. Whether it’s something scary or something simply wonderful, love will let you see the world with a new pair of eyes.
You might be a victim of something or someone that denies feelings and physical connection. However no matter if people are nothing like each other, a path can open up that will lead you to a better life even if it’s only temporarily. If the characters from these books wouldn’t have put themselves out there, and opened up to true love, their life would’ve been just like any other of the manipulated citizens’ living inside those societies. Their lives would’ve been stagnant, dull, and miserable. Being in love is a great way of freeing yourself and submerging into something bigger than what you’ve experienced that will surely change you or any force that oppresses you.