Brave New World - Utopia or Dystopia?

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There is a very significant difference between a utopia and a dystopia, however Brave New World by Aldous Huxley could be seen as either. There are many aspects of this society which are perfect and completely cancel out many problems with our real world, nevertheless along with these are effects which could be seen as the opposite. This essay will discuss these aspects and effects and whether the Brave New World society is a utopia or a dystopia. A utopian society is one which is perfect (Mastin (2008), What is a Utopia?). In the case of Brave New World: everyone has a job; all people live in harmony, meaning there is no war; there is a lack of poverty and crime. These things alone would mean this society is indeed utopian. Obviously…show more content…
The significance and amount of the dystopian effects in Brave New World are greater than the utopian aspects. In this case, the perfect parts of this society generally result in the imperfect parts, which end up far outweighing their perfect beginnings. Huxley describes his very strange view of the society in Brave New World, without telling you which it is. He leaves it up to you to decide whether the novel is utopian or dystopian. References Huxley, A (1932), Brave New World, Penguin Books, Great Britain. Mastin, L (2008), ‘What is a Utopia?’, Utopian Literature, visited 13 May 2013, <> Dystopia Definition, (2013), Merriam-Webster, viewed 13 May 2013,
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