To What Extent Can True Happiness Be Achieved with Limited Freedom?

1690 WordsApr 21, 20087 Pages
Imagine, you were talking to your best friend about how you were feeling that day, and some how the word got to your boss about you are being too emotional outside of work hours, and you are now about to be send to an island with “like-minded” people. The last thing you feel is happy, but you are not allowed to be unhappy, because you grew up without this emotion, so instead you inject pills to better your mood. This is the environment that Aldous Huxley presents in Brave New World, a futuristic society where humans are bred in bottles and have been manipulated to fit a certain criteria, or “conditioned” from the time they are embryos. In this new society, emotions, religion and culture are sacrificed for social stability. People are not…show more content…
From my point of view, these people are fooling themselves into thinking that not being able to feel pain equals happiness, when true happiness is far from that. In this sense, the people of the Brave New World are very sheltered so that they could never experience pain. I personally think that true happiness is possible after one understand sorrow, because that is the only way that you can realize that you have to appreciate happiness so many more. John, the “savage”, was provided as a different aspect of a changing society. He understands pain, suffering, and isolation, as he had much experience with the subject when he was younger and growing up on the reserve. Also he is the only one in the novel with a relative, his mother, which brings up the point, does family cause people to become more able to handle emotion? We saw that John valued his time with Linda, his mother, very much, and we could have concluded that he was happy when he was with his mother. I think the reason that the people of this new society are so cold, even if they were not conditioned is that there is a lack of love. We have all been loved by our parents, either we like to admit it or not. This love has made us more acceptable to other emotions, especially happiness. It is seen as dishonorable to have to do with anything associated with family, or parenthood. We see this when John greets the director as his “father”, the director put his hand over his ears, and he was
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