Theme Of Alienation In Brave New World

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In the novel, Brave New World, Aldous Huxley conveys the theme of uniformity of politics and society during the 1930s. Throughout the novel, Huxley uses metaphors, diction, and dialogue to compare the corrupt government control and social problems during that time period to Brave New World. Brainwashing, drug dependency, alienation are just a few examples of how
Huxley conveys the theme in this novel.
In the same way that babies in this novel are predestined and conditioned to have an
“instinctive hatred of books and flowers”, many people during previous time periods were brainwashed and convinced to always keep up with everyone else (13). During the 1930s, people felt it was necessary to own a car because everyone else had one or was getting one. Huxley uses a metaphorical phrase to let the reader know how powerful of a position the Controller held. He states that, “ … His voice was a trumpet. Listening they felt larger…” (42) The way that the people listened to the Controller can be compared to the way that the people during the Great
Depression listened to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fireside chats. Whenever people listened to FDR’s fireside chats, they might’ve gained hope because he was very informative and instructional just like the Controller. Huxley conveys the brainwashing technique very casually so that it makes it seem like it is okay. Just like the different social castes in Brave New World were conditioned to their certain job and were oblivious to

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