Summary Of ' Brave New World ' By Charles Dudley Warner Essay

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Ethicality in Conformity

“We are half ruined by conformity, but we should be wholly ruined without it”. The aforementioned quote by Charles Dudley Warner appears to parallel the views on conformity Aldous Huxley created in his novel “Brave New World”. Conformity, and with this, stability, in Huxley’s world is only possible with the excessive use of conditioning and the hyper-cloning of zygotes called “Bokanovsky’s Process”. Conditioning is not something created in “Brave New World”. Behaviorists like Ivan Pavlov and John B. Watson performed conditioning experiments on dogs and even children (in respective order). However, Huxley created a society where “people’s” lives are predetermined even before conception. This stimulates the question: “Is mindless conformity ethical?”. Bokanovsky’s Process is described as being able to “[make] ninety-six human beings grow where only one grew before” (Huxley 6). Th is, in turn, is “one of the major instruments of social stability” (7). The people created by Bokanovsky’s Process is also described, by Mustapha Mond, one of the “World Controllers”, as “the gyroscope that stabilizes the rocket plane of state on its unswerving course.... We believe in happiness and stability” (222). Here, Mustapha illustrates that Bokanovsky’s Process not only stabilizes society, and creates a system of mindless conformity, but also perpetuates happiness. Happiness, in the Bokanovsky influenced realm, also pairs itself with the extensive conditioning the

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