Names and Totalitarianism in Brave New World

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Names and Totalitarianism in Brave New World
In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World Revisited, he writes “There seems to be no good reason why a thoroughly scientific dictatorship should ever be overthrown” (page 122). This quotation is representative of the theme in his previous book, Brave New World, regarding totalitarianism and its effects on the scientific community. Huxley manages to show this theme accurately through the usage of his character’s names. The best example of the names’ usages is predominantly found in Huxley’s use of “Ford” to replace “God” as well as “Christ”. A British philosopher, David Pearce, on his website about Huxley’s works, states: “In the Brave New World science and technology have replaced God as a source of value and meaning in life. Because Huxley believed that this shift in emphasis was given great impetus when Henry Ford revolutionized manufacturing with his assembly-line technique, the introduction of the Model-T Ford is used as the opening date of the new era. This change in emphasis is symbolized by the changing of the Christian Cross to the Ford T” (Brave New World Monarch Notes). In the book, a good example of David Pearce’s point is when Mustapha Mond quotes, “God isn’t compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness. You must make your choice” (page ).

Essentially, Totalitarianism is shown by the usage of “Ford” by regulating the masses, as Henry Ford, a popular figure in history, once did using automobiles. With Henry Ford’s ideal used on humans, it easily turned into totalitarianism with usage of limitations (religion), restrictions (books, past culture), and mass production (Epsilons being born by thousands). An example of this principle is when Mustapha Mond quotes, "Wheels must turn steadily, but cannot turn untended. There must be men to tend them, men as steady as the wheels upon their axles, sane men, obedient men, stable in contentment." He easily relates stability to cars,...
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