Analysis of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World

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In our world, there is a plethora of societies. Different societies have different approaches to freedom, and have different ideas of what freedom is. In our society, we are taught that freedom is something that everybody should have no matter who they are or where they are from. In A Brave New World, Huxley gives us two examples of societies. These societies are the World State and the Reservation and they both have very different types of and views on freedom. By using these two examples and providing the readers with multiple characters that live in each society, Huxley clearly shows us his view on the subject of freedom. The character that stands out the most is John, and this is because John is from the Reservation and his views…show more content…
The World State basically brainwashes its citizens into living without struggle or emotion. The citizens live their lives having replaced those things with what Mond calls "happiness." This happiness is nothing more than satisfying very basic, or infantile, needs. Citizens are conditioned to be happy with doing the jobs that they are assigned to do. When John speaks to Mond he asks why the World State does not just make everybody Alphas. Mond responds to John's question by saying "Because we have no wish to have our throats cut... of making a free choice and assuming responsibilities." (Huxley Chapter 16) The people are degraded and made stupid in order to keep them from Alphas because Alphas are only happy doing intellectual work. John seems to understand where Mond is coming from about the Alpha subject, but he does not agree with the idea of happiness that resides in the World State. Through his experience with the citizens of the World State, John has come to the conclusion that this happiness creates terrible human beings. Through the eyes and mind of John, Huxley shows us his view of freedom in our world. Since John attempted to live in both of the societies and was seen as an outsider in both, we can see that nobody is truly free. We all live in societies where certain things are against the law or frowned upon. Doing the things that are against the law will get us into trouble, and doing the things that are frowned upon will cause us to be
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