Brave New World By Aldous Huxley

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Science fiction is inherently predictive. The works created under this genre often delve deeply into important issues, including anything from scientific advancements to the ramifications of societal control. As we break through the caution tape set up by those attempting to warn of us our future, the utopias of yesterday become the dystopias of today. A world full of possibilities becomes distorted by our own desire for power and control. Though fiction turned occasional fact, science fiction has become a precursor to important discussions regarding the advancements of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley touches on important issues regarding the dynamics of social interactions and the effects of attempted control of these relationships. Harsh ridicule is seen of those who deviate from the cultural and societal norms. This concept is seen with both Bernard from “civilized London” and with John from the Savage Reservation. Though they were clearly raised in two very different worlds, the ways they deviate from the crowd are surprisingly similar. In London, propensity to consume is placed at higher value than curiosity and other desires to further one’s education. This is demonstrated by the statement, “You can’t consume much if you sit still and read books (50).” In this sense, those who are more interested in reading and discovering new information are seen as odd and considered of lesser value to society than those who spend their time
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