Various articles on literature

Symbolic Novels: Brave New World By Aldous Huxley


Brave New World is a novel by Aldous Huxley, and is yet another dystopian society where there are predefined 'castes/classes' that humans fit in due to them being "manufactured" that way. Mind control is done via the consumption of Soma, and brain washing is used to keep every caste in its place.

Symbolic Novels: Animal Farm By George Orwell


Animal Farm by George Orwell depicts how oppression and injustice unites the oppressed to overthrow their master, but after a revolution against injustice, a few usurp it to their own benefit. Then the masses are in the same misery after the revolution much as they were in before, replacing the old oppressors with new ones, their ex-brothers in arms.This was a critique of the Soviet Union and the Communist Party after the overthrow of the Tsar of Russia.

    Selected Symbolic Novels And Movies


    The following novels and movies all share the fact that they are mostly a critique of existing or perceived dangers to society. They all have a political or a moral message warning society of those dangers, or critiquing them.I provide here a brief description of what the novel is about, and a link to the summary of it to those who are short on time.

    Did J.K. Rowling borrow heavily from J.R.R. Tolkien?


    Is it just me, or did someone else notice?

    Initially, after seeing "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer Stone", and "The Fellowship of the Ring", I thought there are too many similarities between them to be coincidental.

    After seeing "The Chamber of Secrets", and reading a bit about "The Prisoner of Azkaban", I saw "Lord of the Rings" trilogy again at home on DVD.

    I thought that there was a lot of borrowing that J.K. Rowling did from J.R.R. Tolkien.

    Let us see a list of similarities:

    Arabic and Islamic themes in Frank Herbert's "Dune"



    Those who are familiar with Frank Herbert's famous novel Dune will notice his analogy for the spice, and the surrounding struggle for it, with the crude oil of the Middle East. The novel is symbolic about the dependence of the West on the oil, and the power struggles to control this valuable resource.

    But what is not so obvious to the average Western reader, is the sheer quantity of terms that Herbert borrowed from Arabic and Islamic culture, old and new, and incorporated them into his novels.


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