Brave New World

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In Brave New World, the issue is not the advancement of science as such: it is the advancement of science as it affects humanity. The family life is replaced with government conditioning centres. In the opening chapter, Huxley positions the reader with a tour of the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre – showcasing the modern fertilising and birth processes. The negative imagery, “Wintriness responded to wintriness,” and the ironic tone, “the light was frozen, dead, a ghost,” is a means of criticising the artificial reproductive processes .The Director’s clinical description of the birth process conveys the mechanisation of creating humans, and combined with the scientific jargon, repels the responder. The description of the Bokanovsky Process and the experimentation with human embryos debases the natural birth process, “Making ninety-six human beings where only one grew before. Progress.” This mass production of humans parodies Henry Ford’s assembly-line production techniques which disturbed Huxley, who saw it as the beginning of the dehumanisation of society. In Brave New World individuals are alienated from their natural selves and each other by pre-birth and post-birth conditioning. The director argues, “All conditioning aims at that: making people like their unescapable destiny.” This process ensures control and social stability. The citizens are almost like the replicants – they have been designed for a specific purpose, but they have longer life spans. In Brave New World, the individual exists for the state and not the state for the individual. Huxley’s fear of the rise of totalitarianism governments is clearly represented in his depiction of the World State. Humanity has been dehumanised because people reject viviparous birth, monogamy, family life, ageing and the fear of death. The notion of parent is considered ‘smut’ and the word ‘Mother’ is a crude swear word. This debased idea of family is contrasted with John’s loving relationship with...
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