The Influences of Drug Use in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World

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In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World the use of soma clouds peoples ability to experience natural human emotions. It deprives people from understanding who they are as a human being and what they value. The drug is used as a hallucinogen and an antidepressant. Soma was designed for people to consume it when they got into tough situations or just needed a quick “holiday” away from reality. Even Bernard, who was once against the use of soma, began taking it and acting just like everyone else.
Since birth, people in the World State are being manipulated through programs that engrain their mind with the stereotypes of each caste, making them slip away from their true identities. By “making people like their unescapable social identity” (26), they never question their position or why they were placed in their castes. The people are tricked into thinking that they have endless freedom by being allowed to do whatever they want whenever they want when in reality, “people are happy [because] they get what they want, [but] they never want that they can’t get.” (199) They are trained psychologically from childhood to control their future behavior resulting in not having a sense of individuality. They are never encouraged to spend time on their own or to think freely, which is something that the savages are allowed to do.
Citizens of the world state are brainwashed to think that the savages are anything other than that. They are viewed as uneducated people who really serve no important

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