A Brave New World is a story about Bernard Marx, who rejects his society because he's not satisfied with living a controlled life. 1984 is about Winston who finds forbidden love within the restrictions of his society. These books are both in the same genre, so its possible to compare and contrast them. The main similarities in the two pieces are the topics of the novels, the endings of the books, the nature of the characters, the way history is handled, and the role of science. There are many important differences between the two novels. They are the way the societies perceive sex, the way the books are written, the role of hypocrisy in the societies, the role of drugs in the societies, the way that the people are controlled, the leaders in the two novels, and the message the author is portraying in each novel. Although similarities do occur between A Brave New World and 1984, there are a good number of differences as well.
The similarities of the two books are necessary to know before getting into the complexity of the differences. The topic is the first. The two novels are both in the same genre of futuristic fiction. And the endings of the books are similar because they both end on a negative note. Bernard is sent to work in Iceland (which was negative in his opinion), and Winston is taken to room 101, subjected to psychological treatment, and then killed. Besides the genre of the book another similarity is the nature of the characters in each book. Winston and Bernard are both rebels in an established system. The Savage and Helmhoz in Brave New World are also similar to Winston because they are outcasts, important characters that make an impact of their society because of the way it is. In both books, history is changed to fit the future, and in order for the controller to maintain order. The controller must not only have access to the present and the future, but the past as well.