Redemption, Religion 's Refuge, And A Hunger For Happiness

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Complete contentment, religion’s refuge, and a hunger for happiness all drive individuals to believe in ideas and act upon them. People’s desire to gain resources or feelings that provide a satisfying result and that thirst drives inspiration in literature and characters. Because of this, many things can be defined as happiness and the emotion takes on a more personal definition. As a private emotion, happiness overlaps with religion, in both literature and life, and the morals and security it provides to the individual. Religion evokes a refuge to the broken and many individuals consider this to be happiness. Authors often use this idea of providing protection in their writing to produce sympathetic or comfort for the reader. Trusting…show more content…
For the duration of Huxley 's novel, he reveals the results of synthetic happiness through forthright allusions and correlated symbols, and explores the negative repercussions of a society without religion. Huxley presents biblical allusions to demonstrate the secure religious nature of christianity. The electric fence that separates the Savage Reservation from the rest of the World State alludes to the division between heaven and hell. One side is plentiful in happiness, while the other is enslaved to artificial happiness. The Reservation represents heaven, in the way that christianity is the religion of the reservation, feelings and actions are genuine in the reservation, and free choice occurs in the Savage Reservation. The World State, or in allusions “ hell” has no religion or belief in Jesus Christ and builds itself off of synthetic happiness felt by the people due to worldly substances such as soma, and because of conditioning, free choice is not allowed. Ford forces this false sense of religion and the security that comes with it onto the citizens and Ford wanted to clearly separate the contaminated Reservation from the cleansed World State. The Christian faith provided this security through the sense that there is a barrier between one’s self and everlasting fire and brimstone. That barrier, or prevention, is through Jesus Christ, whose allusion is John the Savage. The
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