Utopia, according to Google, is defined as an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. The biggest concept to understand as a person analyzing literature is that a utopia cannot ever exist, there is always going to be flaws and they will often be destructive. In Brave New World, Aldous Huxley uses the utopian society archetype to show that the citizens give up their identity and give into conformity. Through this, Huxley reveals that in any society we assimilate to the social norm of society to be happy, thus compromising our identity for happiness.
Although, everyone has a different idea of what a perfect society is, so everyone would disagree on how to make the perfect society. So really it is one person’s perfect society while it could be someone else’s nightmare. Even if the perfect society was created and everyone was equal eventually as people can not help but do the society would separate themselves into groups. When the society would do this they would favorite certain groups and neglect other groups needs. For example the book “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins is a book where they try and make a perfect society and the groups divide and some are praised while other groups are neglected. Creating a so called perfect society has not worked out in the fictional world, so expecting it to work in the real world is
What is a world with actual stability and perfection? In Brave New World, the author, Aldous Huxley, refers to many political and social issues of the 1930’s by using an alternate vision of the world in order to achieve the theme of conformity within a divided society. Huxley does this by using a
The Need for Imperfections In the novel, “Brave New World”, written by Aldous Huxley he introduces a utopian society where everyone is happy and has a blind eye on what the World State makes them believe. Imagine a society where there are imperfections, “Everyone is the same, Nobody is different”, you live a privileged life and are always happy. The cost is never possessing individuality and gambling where only the top classes enjoy such a lifestyle. Social stability guarantees perfection and everything being under control, where everyone is equal.
Another reason I do not see brave new world as a utopia is the conditioning of the people which has lead them to a lack of individuality and care for each other’s well-being. Due to their conditioning, they do not fear death but accept it as a way of life, they view life as expendable. This goes against the most basic of human instincts. If the loss of a life means nothing, wouldn’t that convey the idea that the life itself meant nothing? The people in the book are also deprived of their history, culture, and background. According to my views, these things are an unquestionably important aspect of life and I would go so far as to say that I could not live without them. If the people of the brave new world were granted these things that signify individuality and freedom such as the ability to create their own culture, it leaves the possibility for revolution which is the very reason they are not given ability to obtain them. The society also
A dystopian society is an illusion of a perfect society. Think of a world where having fun isn’t allowed. Nothing that has been created is fun no sports, no computer games, no music and everything in life has a purpose. You are forced to work for the rest of your life a job that the government chose. The government chooses who you are going to marry, where you are going to live and how much you are going to make. However, one person is assigned a job that he enjoyed and is fun. It is so fun that he become the best in the field. He then goes on to become the boss of everybody in that field and starts to boss around the people at the firm. If somebody says something that he does not agree with they get fired. The keys aspect of a dystopian society can either be a control of information, a singularity in power or ruling in fear and the purpose of these stories to the reader is what would happen if we let it run its course?
“An imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect,” is the definition you’d read if you searched up the word, “utopia.” Humans strive to achieve perfection- the perfect grade, a perfect family, having a perfect life, being the perfect person- to be flawless. We as humans, typically desire for what we don't have. After all, our world is not perfect at all. We face hardships, anxieties, pain, and much more.
A perfect society is always an ideal dream of the human mind. Peace, love, and education are intertwining parts of a perfect society or, a utopia. This idea is not always the case in an imperfect world and is usually only a hopeful dream. These types of worlds can greatly be described in detail through the world of science fiction. Aldous Huxley was an English writer who lived during a time when war and chaos were engulfing the world. His works reflect his view and thoughts on a dystopia, which is a false utopia, and describes what could occur in possible governments of the world. The ability to understand and dive into the thoughts of the author is what makes world literature such an important aspect in literature. Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, depicts the horrors of a futuristic dystopia based on his society and significant aspects of his life, while leaving his mark on literature, as one of the most controversial and influential writers of the twentieth century.
Dennis Prager once said, “Although images of perfection in people’s personal lives can cause unhappiness, images of perfect societies, utopian images, can cause monstrous evil. In fact, forcefully changing society to conform to societal images was the greatest cause of evil in the 20th century.” (Prager Dennis, Search Quote) The meaning of this upscale quote goes to show how our generation evolves into society. In general, everyone wishes to live in a perfect world, with perfect, happy people, where no harm can be done. Each individual has their own way of wanting “a perfect society.” For example, it could be living in a world with no violence or war, and another person can think their “perfect society” would be living in a world of equality amongst our peers. In other words, this perfect world that one would want to/ think they live in is called a Utopia.
A Comparison of Societies in Machiavelli's The Prince and More's Utopia A perfect society has always been the goal for many; unfortunately it has only existed in books. The Prince by Niccoló Machiavelli, written in 1513, provides necessary information to become a Prince who will obtain, keep, and please his empire. Thomas More's Utopia, written in 1516, creates an ideal civilization that will live happily, comfortably, and without any problems. Both books attempted to solve problems within a society by critiquing other institutions and creating their own solutions. With the rise in cities, trade, and the economy in the 15th century, people began to realize order and structure in a society is necessary to flourish. Machiavelli and
1. The American Dream in my eyes is the idea that America is the perfect world. When America was first found, everyone in Europe came in search of land and jewels in the Earth. Overtime, America grew more colonized and citizens of other countries flocked to America in search of jobs. In any point in time, somebody was traveling to America for an opportunity to obtain the American Dream. This dream is to live in a house with a white picket fence with you 're two children, a cat, a dog, and a job giving full time hours. You would drive a Ford or a Buick car and read the newspaper every morning with a cup of coffee. You would pay your taxes and get the right to vote. There is also religious freedom which would attract many citizens without
The novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley shows how hidden desires and the unconscious mind can be difficult to understand and or cope with; they can eventually lead to one’s downfall. The perfect society consists of distinctive classes for each person (upper, middle, lower), everyone has the same values, everyone is happy because they are told they are, worries of finding a true love are non existent as well as the heartache that can come with it, challenges are never a problem because they don’t exist, and youth is sustained. Sounds splendid, right? According to the creators of this world, this society is utopian because it has an ideal perfection in laws, government, and social conditions, but when you take a good look on what is happening,
A perfect society cannot happen if there are still people who are greedy and selfish. To compare with The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin, I chose are The Giver by Lois Lowry and The Purge directed by James DeMonaco. Deciding on those two texts were due to how closely related they are to portray a utopian and dystopian society. Although, each story/film used different ways to appeal to certain audiences to express their message. A utopian society is pictured as a paradise, but to reach the paradise, people have to sacrifice their freedom to make a better place. Greed and selfishness are the main reasons to why a utopia cannot exist because, through the greed and selfishness, people learn from their mistakes.
Huxley makes a lot of arguments to a certain types of topics, but the one the that got my attention was the one about the idea of being an outside society. From what I see, he's making it seem that anything not following a set rule to a perfect life
Perfection Meets Reality An extremely thin line exists between perfection and utter disaster. A society may appear to be idealistic from the outside looking in, but in reality, knowledgeable people living in these worlds know deep down that the society is corrupt. A utopian society is considered “an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect” (“Utopia”). Since a utopian society is not realistically feasible, it generally spirals into a dystopia. This is a society identified by “human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding” (“Dystopias”). Utopias devolve to dystopias for a variety of reasons, which all typically relate back to the misuse of total control and the restriction of independence. A utopia is simply unattainable since nothing is perfect and not everyone in society will always be pleased. Even though rulers use all of their willpower to make their followers believe that nothing can go wrong, but there will always be people who see through this masquerade. The Party in 1984 and the Handicapper General in Harrison Bergeron use these techniques and others to establish their dominance over everyone else. The news station Fox News, specifically CEO Roger Ailes, dictates how his company is run in the same nature as a figurehead in a dystopian novel would. Although utopias and dystopias are thought to be complete opposites, in 1984, Harrison Bergeron, and Fox News the two types of societies intertwine through the use of propaganda,