Brave New World 3


On a superficial level Brave New World is the portrait of a perfect society. The citizens of this Utopia live in a society that is free of depression and most of the social-economic problems that trouble the world today. All aspects of life are controlled for the people of this society: population numbers, social class, and intellectual ability. History is controlled and rewritten to suit the needs of the state. All this is done in the name of social stability. When one looks beneath the surface of this ‘perfect’ society it becomes evident that it is nothing of the sort. Eugenics, social conditioning, and anti-depressant drugs have solved many of the problems faced by many ...

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Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World to increase our awareness of this frightening future we seem to be progressing towards so we can prevent it from happening. In the futuristic society of the novel, God has been replaced by science and technology as a source substance and meaning in life. As a consequence the words “Christ” and “God” are replaced with “Ford.” This is done because Huxley believed that the shift in emphasis from God to technology occurred, to a large extent, with Henry Ford’s introduction of the Model-T.1 Instead of using the Christian calendar this date is used as the opening date of a new era; the date is After Ford (A.F.) 632. This shift in importance is symbolized by substituting the Christian Cross with the Ford T.2 The motto of the new World State that now controls the world is “Community, Stability, Identity.” This motto emphasizes the importance of the society over the individual. Community ...

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in a superior position pity their superiors because they carry the encumbrance of responsibility that their position frees them from. The goal of all conditioning is, as the Director of Hatcheries - who guides the reader through the factory - puts it in the first chapter is to make “people like their unescapable social destiny.”3 In order to uphold a state of social stability various methods of social control are used. After birth each person goes through a process of “conditioning” that makes them eagerly seek the pleasures of sex and sport and fearfully avoid non-social activities that isolate people from each other. Tastes for beauty are conditioned out of ...

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