The Writing Style of Aldous Huxley
Aldous Huxley was one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century. His intelligence is obvious to anyone who has ever read his work and seriously considered the concepts contained within them. Aldous Huxley has written everything from poetry to intellectual essays, fiction, non-fiction, scientific papers, and even accounts of psychedelic experiences. Aldous Huxley is most famous for writing Brave New World. Other prominent works include The Doors of Perception, Heaven and Hell, Island, Brave New World Revisited, Moksha, and many others. His essays are impressively written and the ideas contained within them are truly intellectually stimulating. His poetry is truly beautiful and the ideas that they convey are often very profound. It is also impressive to note the shear amount of published works that are attributed to Aldous Huxley. The list is very long and spans over 40 years of writing. One of the reasons that Aldous Huxley is one of my favorite writers is because the themes and ideas that he communicates in his works are so accurate to real life. Take, for example, Brave New World. In the novel Brave New World Aldous Huxley describes a future world in which people are genetically altered, psychologically programmed, and pharmacologically geared toward their niche in society. This niche is predetermined before they are even born. Yes, it is true that our world today does not contain all of these evils, but the existence of a few gives the idea real credibility. The primary correlation of our world today to Huxley's Brave New World is the control of human emotions by chemical means. It is very common today for people to take medications for depression, anxiety, and a myriad of other psychological conditions. There are also a multitude of chemicals which are commonly self-administered. These include illegal drugs, over the counter medicines, and even things such as simple caffeine. In another similarity, our world today contains a vast ocean of advertising and propaganda of all sorts. Much of this brainwashing, so to say, exists in capitalist advertising. However, much of it also comes from government influence on school systems and other government entities involved in public interaction. In conclusion, Aldous Huxley is one of my favorite writers because of his impressive intellectual understanding of such a wide range of subjects. I also enjoy reading his poetry and fictional stories. The themes and ideas presented by Aldous Huxley in any of his works are stunningly accurate to reality. I believe this is one quality that is lacking in much of the writing that exists today and I believe that it is something that all writers should aspire to.
In his novel “Brave new world” by Aldous Huxley, published in 1932, the author`s point of view is the third person. Huxley chooses an omniscient, all-knowing narrator to explain his vision of a future world state, so the audience has the possibility to get an impression of all the different characters Huxley creates. You are able to be with different characters at different places, at the beginning with the director in the Conditioning and Hatchery Centre or in the end with John in the lighthouse. This has the effect that you get a really good impression of this strange world. Because there are so many personalities you can see it from different views and the omniscient narrator tells you what is going on with the characters and their mind´s. In chapter three this style comes into an extreme. We are first with the Director and his students in the Conditioning Centre. Then with Henry Foster and Bernard Marx in the elevator, suddenly Mustapha Mond, one of the ten world controllers appears, we are with Lenina and Fanny Crowne in a changing cubicle and listen to Henry Foster`s conversation with another young man. So the narrater switches back and forth between sections with the different situations and conversations, he really intertwines them....
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