Utopian Society In Brave New World By Aldous Huxley

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In the novel Brave New World written by Aldous Huxley a dystopia is presented of a Utopian society where happiness is brought through a drug and your predestined life follows.
Aldous Huxley conveys different conflicts with characters being isolated from the society they are being forced to live within. In which, these characters, are brought about reliance of soma, a drug, to stabilize their life. As well as this, the novel expresses the on going battles of having a society that is "perfect". Therefore, because of the isolated, delusional nonperfected-society, the World State introduced in Brave New World defines a Utopian Society.

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. .the shorter the oxygen, (and) the brain will be affected first" (Huxley 4-5,15). With the first breath of life, the people have already been determined their fate. As well as the Neo-Pavlovian, which is a procedure to condition kids to respond or not respond to different objects. Roses and books were placed in front of eight month old babies, and "the babies at once fell silent, then began to crawl towards (the roses). . .(and) the crawling babies came squeals of excitement, gurgles and twitterings of pleasure. . .(then) there was a violent explosion, alarm bells maddeningly sounded, (and the Director requested to) electrify [the] whole strip of the floor. . . (All done because) books and loud noises, flowers and electric shocks, after two hundered repetitions of the same or a similar lessons would be wedded... they'll grow up with what the psychologists used to call an 'instinctive' hatred of books and flowers" (Huxley 20-23). This represents a strong, demanding and with a no choice mind set in the World State, because of the this is done at such a young age where the kids do not know any better and disregarding the age, this procedure is done in a harsh sense. "Huxley's Brave New World is an attempt to trace out the darker lineaments of a science that promises a world of altered, cloned, and patented organisms" (Baker 9). Altered, cloned, patented these aren't normally ways to describe a human, this shows manipulation of science and power. People are locked in a world that "Alphas can be completely socialized -- but only on condition that you make them do Alpha work. Only an Epsilon can be expected to make Epsilon sacrifices, for the good reason that for him they aren't sacrifices" (Huxley 266-267). Once again, displaying the isolation within their own social class, as well as showing the lack of hope to change your predestined fate. The story displays "the creation of beings who will not be individuals but will cheerfully belong to each other" (Watts 76). At which, this summarizes the lack of freewill available. At last, because of this determined fate and the absent of other options the World State is presented as a bound, isolated society.

Aldous Huxley, within the novel, depicts characters depending on a substance called soma, which, helps the characters secure their emotions, moods, and actions. "And if ever, by some unlucky chance, anything unpleasent should somehow happen, why, there's always soma to give you a holiday from the facts. And there's always soma to calm your anger, to reconclie you to your enemies, to make you patient and long-suffereing. In the past you could only accomplish these things by making a great effort and after years of hard moral training. Now, you swallow two or three half-gramme tablets, and there you are. Anybody can be virtuous now. You can carry at least half your morality about in a bottle. Christianity without tears -- that's what soma is" (Huxley 285). This passage Mustapha,...

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