Brave New World, written by Aldous Huxley in 1931, shows a fictional dystopian society located in London that greatly relies on technology and rejects today’s values such as love, family and emotion in order to achieve maximum societal stability and gain a false sense of happiness. The novel grasps concepts of futurology, which bolster the idea of the book satirizing modern society and showing what it could become. In the not so distant future, the novel predicts that humans will innovate technology and enable it to control the genes of the community members and continue to mold them using repetitive hypnotic treatments and other mentally challenging processes. Manipulation of such reproductive and mind altering procedures enabled the World State to shape their own community and let each person’s physical and mental attributes match their assigned class. The gap between social classes took great importance in the novel. Higher caste humans were made genetically superior while lower castes were deprived of more handsome qualities. Yet, each member of the caste was made comfortable with their place through mental conditioning starting at a very early age. People were stripped of the ability to be an individual, given drugs (soma) to feel happy and avoid the facing the realities of their current situations. The novel also praises the works of Henry Ford as they use his name in place of God’s and model the society after the assembly line and mass production. It continues to show how the community is influenced by machines and industry to create a sense of uniformity, conformity and efficiency. The author’s attitude about the importance of technology and science is that it can transform life completely and negatively affect society. People are taught to gratify their needs with the simple consumption of soma and to avoid personal connections. Wants such as sex, happiness and material goods are almost immediately attained so that negative feelings will not influence anybody to stray from their job or role to the system. In order for the society to function as a whole in this novel, every member is “programmed” to fit in, engage in sexually satisfying acts with others without establishing a personal relationship, and keep away from finding the truth about life as we know it. Although, the State seems to function well, it is still considered a dystopia due to it’s lack of truth, free will and ability for others to be unique.
II. Scholarly Article
The article, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World - Still A Chilling Vision After All These Years by Bob Barr calls to show that humans do not seek stability in life. Humankind strives to better itself, search the unknown, learn, and accomplish these tasks with imagination and courage. It also points out that government is the arch enemy of humanity, saying that it revolves around conformity and total control. Government was more able to take control of citizens through use of technology. It continues bringing up parallels between the modern world and the World State in Brave New World such as the push for stability and liberty. The article also shows the dangers that arise from a nearly perfect society. I agree with the major points created in this article. Government has indeed suppressed individuals all throughout history and the use of technology could certainly lead to total control. Brave New World’s Mustapha Mond, for example, was marked as a benign dictator who offered the society sexual, mental and physical gratification and in turn received their lives to dedicate to the community. Modern societies could very likely use this method of reward over punishment to take control of the population. This method, I believe, would work the best in countries full of poverty. Those homeless citizens would, no doubt, give their time and lives in exchange of basic necessities such as food, water and shelter. Lastly, I concur with the idea that an almost perfect society is...
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