The Death of John Savage in Brave New World

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A “utopia is that which is in contradiction with reality,” said the famous French novelist Albert Camus in his collection of essays, Between Hell and Reason. History shows us that seemingly exemplary ideals in practice have led to the collapse of societies. Just examine the two most prominent attempts at a utopia: Hitler’s attempt to socialize all of Europe and create the “perfect” Aryan race coupled with Karl Marx’s beliefs to instate communism into society. The final result was the destruction of their perspective visionary worlds. There was one major facet that prevented these two from creating their paradigms: utopias take away individual freedom and identity and therefore society cannot exist. Aldous Huxley’s science fiction novel…show more content…
The World Controller, Mustapha Mond, dictates, "‘there was a thing, as I've said before, called Christianity [...] the ethics and philosophy of under-consumption […] so essential when there was under-production; but in an age of machines and the fixation of nitrogen – positively a crime against society.’" (Huxley 200). In this statement, Mond is saying how religion and advanced technology are mutually exclusive. Religion is the one beacon of hope that joins all humans together on Earth as they believe in an afterlife. If technology has come to a point where religion is obsolete and every philosophical question can be answered, then there is no basis for living. There is no point in trying to be a moral person. There is no mystery about what will happen after “this life” on Earth. There is nothing to turn to even in the very worst of moments because “hope” has been taken away. Viewing Henry Ford in place of a God is taking away the purpose for living. The lack of religion takes away the personality from a society and contributes to the uniform monotony of the Brave New World. “To preserve happiness, the World Controllers discard everything that might provoke either thought or passion,” (Woodcock Par. 3) but in fact there is no happiness at all if thought and the ability to actively pursue religious beliefs are eliminated. Moreover, the constant dependence and consumption of drugs in the Brave New World
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