Brave New World Satire Analysis

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Long ago, John Adams, a former US President stated that, “[the] Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family or class of men”. Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World shows his disagreement with this statement through satire in his novel. He portrays a dystopian society as utopian, with leaders who develop technology to the extent that they control their townspeople, forcing them to act and think alike through the use of a drug, soma, which the government advocates the people of the World State to use. Due to Huxley’s satirization that people should use drugs whenever they like, and advocating of the development of technology, one can infer that he would also satirize the overprescription of medication and the damage technology has done to planet earth due through its advances. In the dystopian society Huxley created, the “World State”, people take a drug called soma whenever they feel depressed, embarrassed, nervous, or angry. Once taken, this drug gives them feelings of euphoria, and puts them in a better mood. The government freely hands out this drug, and everyone in society uses it happily. For example, when one is feeling down, they may be asked by a friend, “Why don’t you take soma when you have...these dreadful ideas...You’d forget all about them, and instead of feeling miserable, you’d be jolly” (Huxley 92). Although it sounds

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