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

1155 Words Nov 16th, 2015 5 Pages
Inspired in large part by the technological advances of the Industrial Revolution, authors such as H.G. Wells and Jules Verne popularized science fiction in the late 19th century. Building off of this relatively new genre, Aldous Huxley published what is widely acknowledged as his greatest work, Brave New World, in 1932. Huxley drew heavily upon the pioneers of science fiction; however, his predictions of the future differed from his predecessors. While earlier authors, specifically Wells, predicted technology would lead to utopian societies, “[i]n at least one letter dating from the period during which he was working on the novel, Huxley openly avowed his aim to expose the ‘horror of the Wellsian Utopia’” (Firchow 1-2). Huxley depicts a society not only morally bankrupt by the standards of his time, but also strictly divided along class lines. The people inhabiting Huxley’s world are sorted at birth into one of five castes, labeled alpha through omega. From the earliest age, children are conditioned to be satisfied with their position in society. The book opens on a tour of the “Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre”, where readers see the conditioning process first hand (Huxley 15). Embryos slated to become members of the lower castes have their development stunted on purpose, in the words of Mr. Foster, one of the lead scientists at the hatchery, “[t]he lower the caste, the shorter the oxygen” (24). After being born, or “decanted”, infants are subjected to…

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