A peaceful walk on a quiet beach, a family sitting around a dinner table, a church service on a

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A peaceful walk on a quiet beach, a family sitting around a dinner table, a church service on a Sunday morning. While these are simple, everyday events, they are often taken for granted in a world where people are free to do as they please. However, in many societies, this unrestricted freedom is not always granted to citizens, and people are often subject to the controlling power of their government or leader. This predicament is exactly the situation within a utopian community named the World State. Here, the government takes away much of the citizens’ humanity in an effort to achieve peace, stability, and safety. In the dystopian novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, technology is used to control citizens’ actions, essentially…show more content…
He also says that Bernard “refuses to obey the teachings of Our Ford”, which can be interpreted as his refusal to submit to the governments intents and orders that are disguised as part of their religion. Another character who shares a disinterest in the society’s controlled way of life is John, who is deemed a “savage” because he lives outside of the World State. When he visits the society, John is appalled and disgusted at the community’s dehumanized way of life. He does not fit in with the controlled structure of the World State, and seems a bit out of place there. John realizes that being in the community is driving him insane, and so, to get away from it all, he secludes himself in a small lighthouse. While there, he does quite a bit of soul-searching and tries to purify himself. John discerns that what the society is offering him is not what he truly desires, and he proclaims, “‘I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin’” (Huxley 215). All of these things are the complete opposite of the ideology behind the World State, yet they are what most humans innately long for. He does not want “comfort”, meaning the stable, safe, and predictable community, and instead wants “real danger”, “freedom”, and “sin”. John believes that only when he experiences the thrill of a dangerous situation, the complete independence to do anything he wants, and also the occasion

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