Examples Of Soma In Brave New World

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“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it or work around it” (Michael Jordan). In Brave New World written by Aldous Huxley, citizens attempt to escape from their problems. It is a dystopian novel which display individuals attempting to escape from their problems. The novel is about a world where humans are controlled by scientist and are genetically bred to act in a certain way. In this world citizens are provided a drug called Soma, which helps them forget about their problems. What they do not realize is that the drug is just an illusion to escape from reality instead of facing issues that life brings. Huxley uses soma as a symbol for other drugs in…show more content…
This can be seen when individuals try to feel what true emotions are but never get to because they over use the drug. “I want to know what passion is. I want to feel something strongly” (Huxley). Bernard is tired of feeling the same emotions that soma gives when he takes it. He wants to feel something stronger than happiness, instead he wants to feel pain and discomfort. This support the idea that soma is a symbol for control over society. They cannot feel a different emotions because soma is in the way. When those strong emotions comes out they block and diminish it from happening. Characters are constantly searching for new emotions to experience because Soma is forced on them. Huxley displays this when he states, “Why you don’t take soma when you have these dreadful ideas of yours. You’d forget all about them. And instead of feeling miserable, you’d be jolly. So jolly,” (Huxley 92). When characters attempt to feel other emotions they are encouraged to take Soma in order to hide in a fake reality or state of happiness. It allows them to step away from their problems when their feeling unpleasant feelings, and Soma as symbol to control its citizens can be observed though Lennie behaviors. Huxley shows us Lennie’s dependency on soma when he states, “One gramme, she decided, would not be enough, hers had been more than one-gramme affliction, but if she took two grammes, she ran the risk of not…show more content…
The novel Brave New World uses soma as a symbol for power and control over citizen’s emotions. Aldous Huxley, the author of the novel uses symbolism to show soma helps user receive a quick fix for their problems and the consequences that comes with the drug. Everyone has their own obstacles to face, some may be harder than others. We cannot experience all the good things in life without some of the bad. Taking drugs and alcohol to escape from problems is not the solution. They might make you feel blissful for a while but sooner or later you will have to face those issue that you were once running away
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