A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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Aldous Huxley is best known for his novel Brave New World, which depicts a post-industrial revolution utopia. Huxley greatly feared the ramifications to an industrialized world run by consumer capitalism, which is displayed in Brave New World. The government within the novel focuses solely on the bettering of technology and not scientific exploration and experimentation. The society’s values lie in instant gratification and constant happiness. The utopia is maintained through the means of drugs, conditioning, and deindividuation – which Huxley argues is the key to any successful utopia. Brave New World takes place in the year 632 A.F. (This means After Ford because the society idolizes Henry Ford). The world is ruled by Ten Controllers; the society functions using a caste system. There are 5 castes: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta and Epsilon. Each caste is genetically modified to ensure stability and submission. The highest of the five castes enjoy the luxuries of an industrialized society, while the lower castes are given menial jobs to maintain the capitalist system that dominates the utopia. The stability of the society is further maintained through intense conditioning of minds and through the usage of a drug called Soma. The norms of Brave New World are very different from ours –monogamous relationships are taboo, children are not born but produced in a factory, emotions do not exist due to instant gratification, and death is not feared. The storyline itself unfolds Bernard

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