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Examples Of Drug Abuse In Brave New World

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Introduction: Throughout the novel Brave New World written in 1931, the author Aldous Huxley has many characters on display that use Soma to escape their personal problems and to avoid feelings. These actions taken by the characters once showed in the dystopian novel are now appearing in our present day world. Individuals are experimenting and using marijuana without being aware of the harmful effects like improper brain developing, physical defects, depression, and personal disorders it has been known to produce. Now that marijuana is becoming more accessible in the United States due to the increasing amount of states legalizing the dangerous drug for medical and recreational use, American citizens will be at an even higher risk for hazardous outcomes, which is previewed in the novel when many of the characters make poor decisions. Aldous Huxley presents a universal drug addiction in Brave New World that is government funded because of its seemingly effects on the community, relationships, and personal well-being.
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Mustapha Mond, one of the most powerful World Controllers states that, “Six years later it was being produced commercially. The perfect drug” (53) . . . “Take a holiday from reality whenever you like, and come back without so much as a headache or a mythology” (54). The government produces the Soma and gives it to the community members to consume, and if the people choose not to consume the drug they will be labeled disobedient. The government
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