Brave New World: Utopia?

1430 Words Apr 28th, 2006 6 Pages
Matthew Cayce
Instructor Susanna Holmes
Honors Composition II
26 April 2006
Brave New World: Utopia? When one envisions a utopian society, religion, the prevailing presence of social class segregation, and abusive drug use are not typically part of such a surreal picture. These attributes of society, which are generally the leading causes of discontent among its members, are more so the flaws an idealist would stray from in concocting such hypothesis for a more "perfect" world; not so for Aldous Huxley. In his novel, Brave New World, these ideals are the fine points of which his utopian world are built upon. Religion is non-existent and present simultaneously in the form of preconditioning and technology, social classes are used for
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Then there are the Gammas and Deltas. These two classes mostly resemble the middle class of society. They are more or less the backbone of society, performing duties that serve the Alphas and Betas, but also the ones that are too complicated for the simple minds of the Epsilons. The Epsilons are like the lower class of society. They perform duties of service and are almost treated as slaves since their lower intelligence (even referred to as morons) prevents them from having jobs that require higher mental focus such as the other two classes (64). The strangeness of this is that with these classifications, no one class of citizens think or believe that they are any better or any worse than the others. Each class whether Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, or Epsilon are each pre-conditioned to be content being which one they are and glad that they are not one of the others, and this is why they are in such harmony (77). When Lenina and Bernard on their helicopter ride together, Lenina thinks of the hypnopaedic proverbs she was conditioned to believe; "Every one works for every one else. We can't do without any one. Even Epsilons are useful. We couldn't do without Epsilons" (77). This shows another unified belief in how no one class could survive without the other classes and how they are all equal in that way. In place of eradicating social segregation to form a more "perfect world", Huxley elaborates them to show how everyone is
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