Attack on Utopian Society in Brave New World
Huxley’s Brave New World is an attack on Utopian Society. Having a perfect society seems ideal since it takes away the pains and struggles of the real world. Things such as finding a loved one, heartbreak, deciding on a career path, being successful, and raising a family. This novel focuses on what the world would be like if it were a utopian society, and the reader can see that it is not as perfect as it seems. It shows how technology and engineering can get to a point where it is too much, and has the ability to control almost every element of society and the human race. Every person is engineered, and born to a certain caste. Each person is “conditioned” so that they only perform certain tasks and have no ability to excel at anything else. A person’s fate is decided for them. The lower castes especially, since these castes perform laborious tasks, they are cloned so the work performed becomes identical to the others. Just as the humans are clones, so are the products they produce. As Marilyn Monroe once said, “imperfection is beauty…” If there are no imperfections to the human race, than what is the beauty of the humans and each individual’s uniqueness? This so-called perfect society is actually the complete opposite. Everything unique about humans is taken away, and people are “manufactured,” not born. Although humans strive for perfection, when one actually gets a taste of what it is like, it is not what they expect. John, comes from the real world, he is thought of as a “savage.” When he arrives in this New World, he is disgusted by society and the lack of passion it contains, so much that the novel results in John’s suicide. A Utopian society, in reality actually becomes the dystopian society. Lois Lowry’s The Giver shows ideas of dystopian society similar to Huxley.
This novel is set in the World State, which represents a Utopian Society. This society is highly controlled by technology, and people do...
Cited: Lowry, Lois. The Giver. Boston” Houghton Mifflin, 1993.
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