Aldous Huxley 's Brave New World Essay

1079 Words Nov 17th, 2016 5 Pages
As William Shakespeare says, “We know what we are, but not what we may be” (BrainyQuote). Often times in society, people allow material possessions inhibit their ability to become what they are capable of being; accepting who they are currently. Illegal and legal substances such as drugs cause people to lack free thinking and cause addictive behaviors that can lead people to not seek opportunities to succeed. The influence of others pushes people to take part in the use of things like drugs in order to appear normal in society. In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, the government pushes the drug Soma as a replacement of religion and brainwashing tool inhibiting people’s ability to think freely and lack individuality, as a way to maintain supremacy and power over the people.
To begin, Huxley emphasizes that individual identity is linked with religion, and that the pushed replacement of religion with Soma results in the people’s lack of freedom. Throughout the book, Huxley alludes that this new society’s religion is based purely around Soma. “Every soma-holiday is a bit of what our ancestors used to call eternity” (Huxley 104). In taking a way this eternity, a reference to heaven, people lose the idea that they are created for something beyond this Earth. Additionally, Huxley connects the intake of Soma with a ritual similar to the Last Supper and Eucharistic celebration. “The dedicated soma tablets were placed in the centre of the table. . . And then the loving cup was passed…

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