The Movie "The Island" And The BNW Compared 01 21 10

Comparison between the movie „The Island“ by Michael Bay and our novel
Brave New World”

Short introduction to the movie:

The movie “The Island” takes place in the year 2019, where rich people can buy a “life-insurance” in form of a clone. The clones live separately under the earth in an old military site, where they have no acces to the real world. They have been told that they are the only survivors of a catastrophy that contaminated the whole world.
They live separately under the observation of Dr. Merrick, the unscrupulous chief of the organisation. The clones are used for their original human being, who is called their “sponsor”, when he or she gets sick and needs a new organ or the feminine clones can be used involuntarily as a surrogate mother.
The clones believe in the lottery which is their sense of life. In the lottery you can win a trip to “the Island” and live there for a couple of months before you have to go back in the reservation. The island is very beautiful and is presented for the clones on TV and stands for a better life. But the island is just a big lie.
The lottery wins the one who is needed by his sponsor, the clones gets eliminated in the hospital over the reservation and they take their organs and transplant them.
These are the most important facts to know of the situation of the clones to understand the comparison between the novel and the movie. There is a story about two clones, who can flee… I am not telling you any more than that, in case you got interested and want to watch the movie.

Similarities:

- the clones are divided in castes (f.ex. Echo, Foxtrott, Gamma, Kilo, Delta)
- they are under complete control
- they have no free will
- they live in a totalitarian state (the old military site as reservation)
- they have no sexual instinct
- they are not supposed to have feelings, jealousy
- they both have a substitute for God (in BNW: the Ford Model T (our Ford) and in the movie they believe in the lottery)
- in the movie two clones break out and turn against the system of Dr. Merrick likewise John the Savage also attacks the system in Brave New World
- in the movie the male hero Lincoln Six Echo falls in love with the female clone Jordan Two Delta and in BNW Bernard Marx seeks romance with Lenina Crowne
- in the movie Dr. Merrick controlls everything and in the novel Mustapha Mond plays a similar role like him because he is the World Controller for Western Europe
- Jordan Two Delta (movie) and Lenina Crowne (novel) are both very likeable and pretty characters and show emotions although that is forbidden
- in the movie the clones are mass produced in an artificial process like in a factory and in BNW there is the Bokanovsky`s process where up to 96 embryos are produced out of one egg and only the strong survive
- in both cases people play God by creating human beings and by deciding over life and death

Differences:

- the utopian world is under the earth and the “normal” people still live in the real world
- in Brave New World the utopian world is the “real world” and just on a few single islands live people like we are
- in the movie “the Island” the castes all wear the same clothes, with no colours (white) and in Brave New World the castes wear different colours but according to their caste
- in the movie the clones have the same age like their sponsor
- all of the clones can think and behave like their original donors, in Brave New World the castes are conditioned differently because the lower castes live like robots and cannot develop feelings or interests but they are content with their manual work because they cannot think of an alternative
- in the movie the clones get killed immediately when they have been used in the hospital and in BNW dying people are still youthful, there is no ageing, death is just another enjoyable experience to them and the World State does not accept individuality – death of a single person is not important

Final comment: The movie “The Island” is worth seeing because it is well made, it starrs good actors like Scarlett Johanson and it is exciting and it gives you some insight into the character of human beings,e.g. man is prepared to kill in order to survive a bit longer.
In my opinion the movie helps to understand the situation and the topic of the novel.
If there is time , maybe we can watch the movie in class.( Jannis Gerner)

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