One of the most interesting fictional thought created in the novel, is the process of cloning people. In the perspective of Aldous Huxley, he believes that the world would be better off without the process of growth. Therefore, he created a technique (Bokanovsky’s Process) that would fasten the advancement of growth and bring sophisticated people into its society. As a reader, I noticed how Huxley symbolized social stability as the Bokanovsky’s Process. The author utilizes symbolism when the Bokanovsky’s Process is described as an abstraction that insure everyone’s (in the caste) equality. The purpose of this procedure was to enforce the government, in order to control the population and the functions of the people in their society. I believe this quote, was brought into this novel in order to reveal the ugly truth behind society. The government believes that they can create a perfect world by controlling the citizens both mentally and physically.
In Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World,” there is a forceful religious connotation. Huxley’s uses of biblical allusions emphasize the inborn necessity of spiritual belief, in even the most neutral society. By assimilating religious references into the population, specific characters, and science, he successfully illustrates the absolute need for the religion in any society
Imagine that by taking one magic pill, you could be at the top of your world. With one pill, you could find complete happiness and unmatched physical fulfillment. In his novel, Brave New World, Aldous Huxley uses the drug Soma, to give the characters all of the benefits of fulfillment, both physically and spiritually, yet ironically, as the drug plays out its role, the “fulfillment” leaves its consumer empty.
The novel Brave New World written by Aldous Huxley in 1932 is known for its social satire, utopian values, and unusual standpoints on stereotypical gender roles. In this time where futuristic technology has completely taken over, and men and women are given the same opportunities for everything, “the genders appear equal within the social order; both men and women work at the same jobs, have equal choice in sexual partners, and participate in the same leisure pursuits” (March 53). Huxley makes for a rather interesting feminist; “he was not only concerned about making women equal to men, he was also deeply concerned with the effects of technology and globalization on the quality of life for both genders” (Douglas-McMahon 21). However, there are many different sections of his novel that prove he was unable to fully rid of gender roles because of the time period in which he lived. Many of the stereotypical gender roles discussed in this book are also multiplied or switched rather than abolished. In his attempt to rid of stereotypical gender roles, Huxley manages to revolutionize, make fun of, and reconstruct them all in one breath.
Huxley uses contrast to reveal distinctive features of a character. In his novel, Brave New World, Helmholtz Watson is one of the characters who are involved with the use of contrast. Helmholtz is an Alpha Plus lecturer at the College of Emotional Engineering who is friends with Bernard Marx and shares a unique bond with John over Shakespeare. He is physically different from Bernard; he and John are culturally different and share different opinions; and he has psychological and personality differences with Bernard.
The satirical world that Aldous Huxley curates in Brave New World possesses a futuristic society that the culture of today has yet to reach. Within Huxley’s novel, the residents of London devote themselves to the World State and live by the infamous motto: “Community, Identity, Stability” (3). They pride in sexual activity and view themselves superior to other regions of the world. They travel to savage reservations, such as Malpais, for vacations and romantic getaways to observe the savage people, who are uncivilized and lawless to the World State’s standards. Throughout the novel, Huxley hunts for true civilization through the parallel societies of the World State and Malpais. By creating Bernard Marx, an Alpha-Plus, and John the Savage; Huxley was able to connect the two worlds with different customs to conceive a clear discovery. The contrasted characters in Brave New World showcase the seemingly different forms of life, yet contain the same underlying flaw. Huxley built his novel upon the idea that the greatest comfort to people will bring the greatest pain.
InThe Brave New World, Huxley creates a so called utopia based on the fundamentals of “Community, Identity, Stability” (Huxley 3). In the community, citizens live together as one where everyone belongs to everyone else. The citizen’s identities are predestined which determines how they will be utilized in the community. Overall, the world is completely controlled which results in total stability of the utopia. The stability of the New World slowly deteriorates and is viewed as a dystopia when John the Savage is welcomed in. Growing up in a different community, John has made his own identity and creates his own view on how life should be lived. John spreads his thoughts to other citizens in the world and slowly starts to influence others to
In Brave New World, Aldus Huxley develops a society that manufactures happiness among its citizens through the elimination of individual ideas and desires. Mustapha Mond contends that adults should sacrifice their individual knowledge, beliefs, and desires in exchange for a superficial sense of happiness. Mond is a villainous leader who denies his citizens a chance to develop as fully rounded people, who not only contribute to society’s stability and well-being, but also spend sufficient time growing as an individual.
In the novel Brave New World, Aldous Huxley was trying to convey the message that a perfect world could never exist despite any effort to control not only society, but all aspects of the lives of human beings. Utopian societies often result in totalitarianism because rulers are so consumed with making a perfect society that they are too controlling. The demolition of a dystopian society is quite inevitable because of human curiosity, which ultimately ends in the uncovering of the lies that a government attempts to communicate. In this novel, the government in London controls the lives of the people by making a perfect human race, and outcasts are exiled to another place outside of the State.
Many people would argue that today’s society has loose morals and people are promiscuous. In the novel Brave New World, that is not a problem because everyone belongs to everyone else. People are expected to be in many relationships with whomever they like.
Aldous Huxley, one of the most gifted and influential literary figures of the mid-twentieth century, wrote the intriguing story Brave New World. The story focused on a perfect Utopia that existed in the future and a man from a different society that came in with what they’ve believed to be distorted ideas which went against everything the Utopia stood for and would test the very ideas on which that world represented. Their uniquely different ways of being brought up led the Savage character to have contrasting opinions to those grown inside of the Utopia characters, Lenina and Bernard. By having these separate upbringings, their opinions and ideas are formed and created in ways that contrast each other because they weren’t grown to learn certain things as the other was and some of the main themes that caused conflicts throughout the story was their contrasting beliefs towards “everyone belongs to everyone” and taking soma.
Numerous connections can be drawn between the film production The Truman Show by Peter Weir and Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World. In each media, the society depicted seemed outwardly perfect, and the citizens were content. The individuals remained content through complete government control. With every society’s strength is a weakness, interestingly enough, the Achilles’ heel of both perfect societies is totalitarianism and social conditioning. The fact of the matter is that not everyone will be the standard. The Truman Show is a 24/7 recording of a man’s life that is being recorded without his knowledge and adjusted by the director. The protagonist of Peter Weir’s movie, Truman Burbank, is an insurance salesman living in a quaint island town that is conditioned to have a fear of water in an attempt to keep him from leaving the island town set called Seahaven. Truman is the only person in his world that isn’t a paid actor. He is the only one with genuine emotions. His sincere reactions set him apart from the rest of Seahaven. Brave New World follows characters through their lives in dystopian civilization. The main character of the novel is Bernard Marx, an introvert with a strong will for acceptance, up until he travels to a Savage Reservation. At the Reservation, he meets John. John was rejected by both the people of the soma-inducing World State and savages of the Reservation. He is the greatest example of a pariah. The characters’ inability to be like everyone else
Aldous Huxley presents the theme of using technology to take over people’s ideologies. For example Huxley writes, “’Now turn them so that they can see the flowers and books…’ The head nurse, who was standing by a switchboard at the other end of the room pressed down a little lever. There was a violent explosion… The children started, screamed; their faces were distorted with terror” (20-21). I think this is an interesting yet cruel feature of this book. These babies are being cloned like the rest of the population. I thought this
“Pursuit of happiness is a pursuit of mirage; you only realize it 's a delusion at the end of the road” (“Quotes about Mirage”). Undeniably, the quest of perpetual happiness bares an ancient path that allures pursuers with the promise of vanished pain. As one follows this trail of faded footsteps, their vision of reality soon becomes blurred by their dreams of prosperity. Thus, this enduring road guides one into the deep waters of oblivion where their mind becomes flooded with the whispers of fantasies. In Aldous Huxley’s novel, Brave New World, the cost of this everlasting happiness is questioned as it is freely given to one in exchange for their perception of the definite truth. The novel opens in the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre, a utilitarian factory that artificially produces human beings. The sole objective of this laboratory is to create a stable world where the only emotion experienced by its’ subjects is abiding elation. However, this imposed societal idea leaves the citizens of the State in a world of fiction. The novel Brave New World, exhibits the creation of fictitious euphoria through the concealment of history, development of social conditioning, and advancement of science.
Aldous Huxley was born into a family of renowned scientists in 1894. He lost his mother at age 14, became virtually blind due to illness three years later, and lost his older brother to suicide at age 21. Despite these setbacks, he went back to school after dropping out of Eton and earned a degree in English literature from Oxford. Because of his blindness, he was not able to do the scientific research he had previously wanted to do, and turned to writing. He wrote Brave New World in four months, before Hitler and Stalin came to power, which allowed him to think beyond the confines of the traditional dictatorship. He was also deeply concerned, particularly in his later years, with the prospect of humanity becoming subjugated by drugs, mass media, or technology, which makes a significant appearance in Brave New World. In 1958, he published a collection of essays revisiting Brave New World, which critically examined the implications of overpopulation, excessive bureaucracy, and hypnosis. He became increasingly interested in parapsychology and philosophical mysticism, especially a branch of religious, theological, and philosophical concepts generally called Universalism. He died at the age of 69 in 1963 of laryngeal cancer.