Brave New World: Utopia Without Shakespeare?

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Brave New World: Utopia Without Shakespeare?

The Utopia of the future- something every human seemingly wants, but is it worth it to throw away everything for happiness and live in a world where only a few people can recall a man named Shakespeare? In Aldous Huxley's satirical novel, "Brave New World," this cellophaned world, polished and regulated to perfection, is a reality. In this Utopia, people like Bernard Marx, an intelligent and adverse Alpha, the highest class of humans, are conditioned to worship the Great Ford, to believe everything the Controllers say, to amuse themselves with sports, "feelies" and non-utilitarian relationships and, most of all, to take soma, a drug simulating happiness,
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Women are forced to take routine birth-control formulas to insure that no pregnancies occur. No love or intimacy exists, only physical pleasure.

For recreation, people in the "Brave New World" amuse themselves with mindless sports, such as obstacle golf, or they attend "feelies," movies in which the audience can feel the sensations and smell the aromas of the film. No books or poetry or philosophy exists to enrich their conditioned minds. They can only understand what they're taught to understand. John experienced this sad reality in a frustrating attempt to force gammas to feel sorrow for someone's death. They could not understand that emotion and they only stared at him with blank, identical faces.

Therefore, these "perfect" people of a "perfect" society, live, lifeless, in their cellophaned world. They do not grow ugly and fat with age, they never experience hunger or discomfort or fear, yet the only happiness they feel is a simulation, an illusion.

On the other hand, the seemingly primitive society of the simple Indian village, symbolic of our own, actually encompasses the real meaning of life- to live and love and die as an individual, as you choose. In the Indian village, people marry for love, they bear children and care for them and their heritage lives on in their descendants. Their lives are not predestined and they are not clones of one another. Each person experiences life individually, with

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