Aldous Huxley 's Brave New World

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Envision a world where everybody is happy, there is no sorrow or suffering, no fear of death, no misery, everything is pleasant, and the government doles out happy pills, known as Soma. Aldous Huxley’s novel “Brave New World” describes this world. Is everyone truly happy, and what do the citizens sacrifice in exchange for living in this utopia? Huxley helped shape the modern mind with provocative theories about humankind 's destiny, and he was concerned with the possible social and moral implications that advances in science and technology could hold. Set in a dystopian London six hundred years into the future, the novel follows future citizens through the “Brave New World.” The novel is a warning for any religion-deprived, heavily…show more content…
He prefers to deal with his emotions, even if they are dismal. Bernard’s companion is Lenina Crowe, and unlike Bernard, Lenina is happy to accept life in the new world and takes Soma regularly. Offended by frivolous sex, Soma, and the cloned human beings, John, also known as "the Savage," is the main character in the novel. Desiring the right to be unhappy and knowing the truth will allow John to experience being human. At the conclusion of the story, he hangs himself to escape the “Brave New World” (Huxley 152). Helmholtz Watson, another friend of John and Bernard’s, has a shared dislike of the “World State” and is dissatisfied with his life. Material possessions do not create contentment for these men. In the “Brave New World,” people remain happy, they acquire everything they desire, never become ill, and they have no fear of death. The citizens have no responsibilities that come with children and relationships (Huxley 128). However, if something should go wrong, there is always Soma to alleviate suffering. In this futuristic society, the world is comprised of the “World State” and is controlled by a dictatorial government that provides citizens with a drug called Soma to ensure happiness. The drug is a symbol of the dominant influence of modern technology and science. Used as a metaphor in the novel, Soma removes individual freedoms and promotes social stability. The story doesn’t explain the pharmacology of Soma;

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