Aldous Huxley: a Man’s Concern for the Future

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Aldous Huxley: A Man’s Concern for the Future Aldous Huxley saw life around him as mechanical machines and human incubators. Huxley grew up in the early twentieth century when England, like the rest of the world, was experiencing innovation, crime, and terror due to the Industrial Revolution, World War One, and the Great Depression. Aldous Huxley portrays oppression in his own world in his novel, Brave New World through his descriptions of a society based on the process of mass production, exploitation of sexual affection, and the consumption of drugs which produce emotionless lives. In Brave New World, the process of human production through mechanical incubators is normal. Throughout the novel, mass production comes conjointly with…show more content…
It will destroy present and future possibilities of culture and civility if it is pursued.
Huxley saw, during his early life in England and eventually in America, people were becoming viler and more sexually influenced. He observed that American people think they can be fulfilled by only drinking and sex, and thought the rest of the world would go along: “‘Given food, drink, the company of their fellows, sexual enjoyment, and plenty of noisy distractions from without, they are happy’” (Roster 82). The people in Brave New World, similar to the emotionless Americans at that time, constantly have meaningless sex because they have learnt to do so, according to Huxley. Huxley does not only refer to Henry Ford as Brave New World’s World Controller. Sigmund Freud is also represented as “Our (obsessive) Ford” forcing excessive sex in daily life. As Freud began to propose new ideas of psychosexual development and personality, all views of traditional family life began to disappear. Huxley saw the behavioral change in the society around him: “The antiquated concepts of motherhood, family living and monogamy were abandoned” (Roster 64). Both Brave New World and the real world of the 1930s showed that motherhood, family life, and marriage were disappearing due to Freud’s hypotheses that sexual habits would take over familial life. The whole concept of family would soon be lost, ““The

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