Essay on John Savage Desires What Makes

1359 Words6 Pages
Brave New World illustrates a world where everything that is morally right in our society, is wrong. Monogamy is sinful, massive orgies are not. Serious thinking is unnecessary because life has already been planned out. Hardships and stress can be solved with a few tablets of soma. This is the world which John Savage and others in the novel foolishly came to hate. All of the things that John Savage desires are the things that make our society unstable. Huxley uses John Savage to show the reader that this world is distopian, when this society is the closest example to a stable, utopian society.

Uninhibited sexual freedom provides happiness to this society’s citizens, the Fordians. Promiscuity is encouraged,
…show more content…
A current example of such a drug is marijuana. Users take this drug in order to lift themselves out of depression, or just for entertainment. The difference between Soma and marijuana is that soma is given out as a free daily ration. There are many people in our society that spend large amounts of money in purchasing these types of narcotics that are very dangerous and illegal. Soma, on the other hand, was developed by pharmacologists, so that use of the drug would not be harmful within reasonable dosages. As Mustapha Mond puts it,
“…if ever by some unlucky chance, anything unpleasant should somehow happen, why, there’s always some to give you a holiday from the facts. And there’s always soma to calm your anger, to reconcile you to your enemies, to make you patient and long-suffering. In the past you could only accomplish these things by making a great effort and after years of hard moral training. Now, you swallow two or three half-gramme tablets, and there you are. Anybody can be virtuous now. You can carry at least half you morality about in a bottle.” (pg. 217)

Soma is Christianity in pill form, as Mustapha Mond puts it. The user’s mind is cleared of hate, and replaced with love, harmony, and happiness. Instead of beating himself when he sins, he can take a gramme of soma and reconcile himself.

Stability is what makes the Fordian society utopian. Predestination is what makes the society stable. It may be unfair and
Get Access