Maren J Lee
27/10/2014 – 11/11/2014
Brain Washing – Brave New World
Brain Washing is an interesting concept. Manipulation can be use to inspire or as a powerful weapon. The United States of America uses soft power and propaganda commercials to promote patriatism. One nation for one purpose. On the other hand, Hitler brain washed the citizens of Germany, making them believe that he was creating a better society. In this situation, brain washing becomes a weapon. Alclous Huxley brings brain washing to the extreme in his novel Brave New World. Citizens of this world are taought to think less. Ignorance is Bless. Huxley Creates a wrold with a few powerful people have complete control of the whole nation. In this essay, I want to discuess the brain washing technique they use, and how they maintain the power.
As the children in brave new world grow up, each individual is assigned to one specific job that he/ she is design for. In order to keep the people happy, the government provides the “perfect drug” – soma. Soma gets rid of the unhappy, pain and unpleasent feeling. Drugs and specific instruction for each citizen are the reason why the government of Brave new world have complete control of all the people. As long as the people are given with all the necessary needs: shelter, food, protection, sex, and so call freedom. In this world the nation is literally one. The concept of family is abanded. Monogorymy is look upon as a joke. When a person is heavily sedated under any medication, is easily manipulated. This concept is used in a large scale under the ten directors in brave new world.
The ultimate goal of soma is to create a feeling of happiness, and the ten directors uses that to maintain their power. The citizens of brave new world have absolutely zero freedom, yet the directors manipulate them into thinking that they have freedom to do whatever they want. The government doesn’t let people think, or understand the history of complicated mankind. As a result, people are ignorance. Lack of education gives the illusions that the people are perfectly comfortable witht the position that they are in. Everyone is happy, and non of them want to step outside of their comfort zone.
The concept of brain washing have existed since the beginning of ttime. When Huxley creats a society with no emotion, love, hate or unhappiness, brain washing takes a huge role. In order to keep the people happy, the government of brave new world makes everything as simple as possible. In the world, ignorance is bliss. Not knowing and be happy is normal. This example is a really successful brainwashing nation. Would one rather be ignorance and under manipulation but be happy or would one want to be fully aware of the situation and be able to feel different emotions?