Essay on Aldous Huxley 's Brave New World

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Brave New World: The Symbol of Soma
Being judged, exposed, laughed at, and made fun of is something no one would ever wish upon themselves. In this novel, Brave New World, written by Aldous Huxley there is a solution for it all. Characters in this story do not experience the pains and the hard truths that most humans have to endure with the use of one small, powerful drug called soma. Aldous Huxley uses soma as a symbol of uniformity and complete control over all users in the World State.
Uniformity can be good if one is looking for leadership and instruction, yet it can be a deadly concept if it impacts a society. The uniformity of the World State causes these citizens to look the same, act the same, and have the same beliefs. The use of soma only reinforces the uniformity in this corrupt society. This is evident when Mustapha Mond alludes to a couple of men about Othello, a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, and why the World State cannot be the same as that world. Mustapha Mond uses a paradox to explain how the World State is uniform and “stable now. People are happy; they get what they want, and they never want what they can’t get...they’re so conditioned that they practically can’t help behaving as they ought to behave. And if anything should go wrong, there’s soma” (Huxley 220). Mustapha Mond explains to these men the stability of the World State in his mind, thinking that everyone is constantly happy and content with their lives. It is obvious to the reader that…

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