Lenina Conformism

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The novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley presents us a number of fascinating characters, such as Lenina, who is arguably the most interesting and complex figure depicted by Aldous Huxley. In a society that conditions its population and imposes social norms, individuals can be separated into two distinct categories: the few who chose to speak up and act against the oppressive system, and most common, the conformists who blindly follow the rules and do not question authority. On one hand, Lenina is a conformist as a result of conditioning because she was taught to reinforce social norms, however the young woman presents rebellious character traits in her desire to experience romantic feelings prohibited by her society, though the reader might overlook her defiance because of her lethargy and ignorance when it comes to reforming the totalitarian system. In the first place, Lenina is a conformist for the reason that she was conditioned to believe and reinforce society’s problematic norms. This is something the reader can see as she often quotes the propaganda that indoctrinates humanity, such as “was and will make me ill” (p.90), “A gramme in time saves nine” (p.77) or “A gramme is always better than a mat” (p.77). Likewise, the reader can see just how well Lenina is conditioned by society because she believes what it wants her to think, sometimes without thinking for herself. This is demonstrated in chapter V when Lenina tells Bernard: “I suppose Epsilons don’t really mind

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