Aldous Huxley's Brave New World

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Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World tells of a “utopian” society in which the government has full control over every aspect of daily life. This novel contains themes, although satirical at the time it was written, that have relevance in the world today. One main theme is a society based on consumerism. The World State in this novel is largely based on consumerism, and the government specially trains its citizens to constantly buy things to that they contribute to the economy as much as possible. Citizens of the World State are conditioned from the time they are young to like activities that require money to be spent in order for them to be done. Also, the World State uses hypnopaedia to make people believe that money needs to be spent. This …show more content…

At the same time we see to it that all country sports shall entail the use of elaborate apparatus. So that they consume manufactured articles as well as transportation” (Huxley 23). With this the World State is manipulating its citizens to be spending as much money as possible. Since the government has complete control over people’s likes and dislikes they specially train people to like expensive things thus yielding the highest possible profits. This is similar to today’s society because from the time we are young we are told, maybe not by the government, but by our parents to like certain things, for example, sports. Everybody at one time or another has heard the phrase “Baseball is the American pastime”, and also from televised events such as the Olympics, we see that sports are something well liked by many people. Much like anything else, sports cost money. To play them one must purchase equipment, and even to watch them one must buy a ticket. The idea of the World State conditioning its citizens to like activities that require money to be spent is similar to the way that people today are taught to like things such as sports that ultimately cost money to watch or participate

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