Analysis Of Aldous Huxley 's ' Brave New World ' Essay

1159 Words Dec 15th, 2014 5 Pages
The misuse of prescription drugs is the leading cause of deaths by drug overdose, outnumbering the amount of deaths from both cocaine and heroin (“Policy Impact”). In a time span of only ten years, the milligram-per-person use of prescription drugs in the United States increased from 74 milligrams to 369 milligrams, a staggering 402% increase (Barnes). In the novel, Brave New World, Aldous Huxley illustrates a society that is dependent upon drugs to stimulate euphoric feelings. Huxley’s vision of the pursuit of happiness through drugs, in his science fiction dystopian novel, is very close to that of modern American society and can be seen through the rise of prescription drug use.
Soma, in Brave New World, is a drug that is described as "Euphoric, narcotic, pleasantly hallucinant” (Huxley 59; ch.3). Soma sedates or calms the user by making him or her feel a great amount of joy or happiness. Soma is said to, “... calm your anger, to reconcile you to your enemies, to make you patient and long-suffering” (Huxley 213; ch.17) with the benefits of not feeling sick or withdrawn when the high wears off. Soma could be thought of as the perfect drug for the reason that there are no real side effects produced. Although, the people in Brave New World don’t realize that soma is really used to distract them from the fact that they are indeed being enslaved in a dystopian society by the government. The passage, "Swallowing half an hour before closing time, that second dose of soma had…

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