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Concept of Class

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Concepts of Class

Brave New World, written by Aldous Huxley, is placed several hundred years in the future in London. Everything in this world is controlled by the World State. How humans are born, what they are taught, and the way they live is controlled by them. This government categorizes people into Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons. The Alphas and Betas are considered more intellectual and superior, while the Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons are inferior and not as intellectual. These test tube babies are chemically manipulated to promote or stunt their physical and mental growth. Having these different classes help the World State control their society.

The classes of Alphas, Betas, etc. call for no control over oneself as everything is predetermined for them. Since everything is predetermined for these people it gives this world and people no individuality, a dehumanized world where they are deprived what would make them a human being. For example, compassion or civility, if there are people not to the World State’s liking they are removed from society. This idea of classes may also relate to that of contemporary America. People in a higher class would be said to have more success. They will have a better job, more money, and overall a successful life. In a lower class, the people may be less successful and have more failures. They may be poor, have no job, and cannot sustain the way they live.

The concepts of class in Brave New World and contemporary America do have their similarities and differences. One way they are similar are the way the classes are divided. The top of each class, in Brave New World the Alphas and in contemporary America the upper class, are considered to be superior to everyone else. On the other hand, in Brave New World everything is determined for the people, but in contemporary America the people can strive and work for what they want. They are not necessarily bred and born into a specific class, there is room for...

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