Savagely Civilized: A Look Into the Society of Brave New World
Today, a civilization is defined as a human society which has reached a high state of culture, government, industry and science. As compared to modern society, that of the Brave New World is leaps and bounds ahead when comparing scientific advancements. In today’s society the thought of choosing which traits and characteristics a child will have is exactly that, a thought. Thus, because the Brave New World is more advanced than modern society, it is hard to argue that they are not civilized. By definition, a savage society greatly contrasts a civilized society; a savage society is defined as one that is primitive or uncivilized, which immediately shows the stark contrast between savage and its progressive counterpart. However, this does not mean that a civilized society is necessarily a good place. A savage place is generally regarded as one that simply not advanced, with people who do not have exceptional manners. When one hears the words savage socitey they generally think of a rugged place, with no modern buildings or amenities. It is immediately evident to the reader that the English society in Brave New World is classified as a civilized society according to the above definition; However, the society depicted is not one which most readers would voluntarily choose to be a part of. Who’s to say that it is impossible for a society to be both civilized and savage?
It is important to keep in mind the perspective of the person or society making a judgement on the society of the Brave New World. It is also important to understand how it is possible that a person from modern society would not want to live a civilized place such as the Brave New World if given the choice. Because of the conditioning that takes place starting from when a child is very young, the people of the Brave New World have very different views than the reader who was not subjected to the same conditioning. For example, the...
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