Essay about Aldous Huxley 's Brave New World

1775 Words Mar 29th, 2016 8 Pages
The title of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is ironically a quote from another author. However, said author is the great Shakespeare. Huxley uses a line from Shakespeare’s The Tempest in a masterful way. John the Savage quotes the play’s line “O brave new world that has such people in it” (139). This simple phrase is not only a driving factor of the novel, but a philosophical adventure. John the Savage says these lines at first with hope and enthusiasm. His ideal world is at his hands, and he is excited to explore. The anticipation of the utopia leads John to quote his great knowledge of literature and Shakespeare. However, he later repeats the lines with bitter irony. His imagination contrasted significantly with the true values of the utopia. John says these words to show his hope has been lost, and that he has realized he must give up. The Savage utilizes this quote in order to expand on the greater ideas of his fantasy that have been lost. John’s fight to be unhappy when their is no leisure from pleasure shows his determination to stay himself; however, he is constantly oppressed by the machine-like functionality of the New World. Aldous Huxley’s use of Shakespeare’s work in Brave New World is quite brilliant. Aside from his literary uses of the quote, he extends it to his allegorical intentions. Huxley utilizes his opportunity to show the world he is writing to that the “new” and “perfect” world being offered may not actually be new or perfect. As a warning against…

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