Negative Effects of Technology Depicted in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World

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Negative Effects of Technology Depicted in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World

Imagine a life where the technology is so great that no one ever has to be worried about being sad or bothered by all the day to day stress. In Brave New World published in 1932, Aldous Huxley brings the reader into the future of London to see just what technology can do to a society. As the novel opens, the reader learns about how the futuristic London is a Utopia, what life is like, and all about the great technological advancements. After Bernard is introduced to the reader, he goes to the Reservation and meets John, the Salvage, where he finds out how different life is between the two societies. In the end, the Controller Mustapha Mond sends Bernard and
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Another way dystopia is reveled in the novel is through the actions of John. When he is brought back to London, he does not understand how and why the people live that way. The author makes it seem as if the people have no feel for what freedom is, it is almost as if they are slaves, trained and conditioned to do what they are supposed to do. In an attempt to get the people to believe and rebel against the civilized world, John throws the soma out the window. Soma is a pill that is given to the workers to take them to a "soma holiday," a place where one is always happy and can not be bothered by the outside world. After throwing the soma out the window, John and Bernard are taken to Mustapha Mond's office, a controller of London. John and the Mustapha Mond get into a discussion about what makes London so great. On page 263 Mustapha Mond says, "[the people are] ignorant of passion and old age." He is wondering what more anyone could one want besides never getting old or fat and never having to worry about all the heartaches of passion.

The final way the characters show dystopia is through their speech. Mustapha Mond says, "[the people are] plagued with no mothers or fathers . . . or lovers . . . they're so conditioned that they practically can not help behaving as they ought to behave" (264). How can life be perfect if one does not have a mother or a father or be able to have any kind of feelings of
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