BNW Essay – A life truly lived
What is a life truly lived? Can one be happy all the time? To truly experience all that life has to offer, one must be able to compare the good and the bad. To know what happiness is, one must know sadness and to appreciate the highs, one must overcome the lows. In Brave New World, written by Aldous Huxley, we can see that a life without both good and bad experiences is a flat line and does not complete a person. Bernard was not happy though he was a member of Brave New World, Helmholtz was incomplete though seemingly happy and actually chose a ‘less-than-ideal’ life while Linda thought she was happy, but when she tried to apply her lifestyle in a new environment, she was unsuccessful and eventually died of overdosing on the one thing she felt was making her happy.
Bernard is an excellent example of the flaws in Brave New World’s philosophy. Brave New World prides itself on happiness, “Our civilization has chosen machinery and medicine and happiness.” (Huxley, p 234) Though he is part of Brave New World, Bernard does not feel happy because of his height. “’He’s so ugly!’ said Fanny. […] ‘And then so small.’ Fanny made a grimace; smallness was so horribly and typically low-caste.” (46) So we know Bernard was short but why should this make him unhappy? Is there not more to life than being tall and ‘perfect’? “’He does look glum,’ said the Assistant Predestinator, pointing at Bernard Marx.” (53) Bernard feels inadequate and therefore feels sad and unfulfilled. He feels like he is not truly living so he rebels against his own society in different ways like, “[…] to say ‘No, thank you,’ and fend off the proffered tube of [soma] tablets.” (54) Eventually, Bernard becomes popular and feels happy however this is a superficial happiness that does not last very long. “In the end Bernard had to slink back, diminished, to his rooms and inform the impatient assembly that the Savage would not be appearing that evening. The news was...
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