Close Reading: Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, Chapter 15
“Soma distribution!” shouted a loud voice. “In good order, please. Hurry up there.”
This saying from someone in Brave New World shows how dependent the caste systems are on the soma. In this chapter we can tell that they are so dependent on having soma by how they react when the black cash box is brought into the room. The Alphas basically lose control of them to try and get a pill and forget all about Savage. They have to be told to wait their turn to get their pill and stand in line. Mr. Savage says “Oh brave new world” and the deltas mimic him. He does not like that did this so he tells them that is they don’t stop mimicking him have good behavior he will not distribute any more pills. Right after he says this their behavior becomes good and the box is reopened. This shows how much they want the some and will do anything for it.
Earlier in the book Lenina is also dependent on the soma and takes it all the time. Lenina is so dependent on it that when she goes to the reservations, she thinks it is terrible there and takes enough to sustain her body for eighteen hours. She always tries to get Bernard to take it to whenever he has a problem and tells him it will make him feel better if he just takes it. The only person that does not like soma is John. He does not take it at all. The only problem when Lenina was taking so much soma was that she could have over dosed on it and it would have killed her. She takes it for any kind of reason that she can. “To Lenina’s bewilderment, John refuses to have sex with her.” Due to this she decides to lock herself in her room and consume soma to fix her problem.
Soma compared to the world we live in now is like the drugs people get addicted to everyday all over the place for many different reasons. It is something that I think once they start taking the soma they think they need to for everything in their lives when something bad happens or...
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