Essay on Analysis Of Brave New World And Across The Universe

1500 Words Jan 15th, 2015 null Page
The novels Brave New World and Across the Universe explore the significance of social class and how a society can be engineered to ensure control. The social structure is created to maintain governmental control over the society. Genetic engineering is utilized so that people fit their predetermined social role. Finally, psychological conditioning is employed to discourage rebellion and resistance among the people. The use of social engineering in these two novels is the foundation laid to ensure control. Brave New World portrays a futuristic social structure. The population is split into five castes: Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas and Epsilons; the higher castes have managerial jobs and lower castes have labour jobs. Social interaction between the different castes is either non-existent or minimal; the higher castes are conditioned to feel superior towards the lower castes and only interact among one another. The people of Brave New World follow an all powerful slogan: “Community, Identity, Stability” (Huxley 16). The conceptual idea behind this slogan is to create a society wherein each person belongs to one another, participates in relentless social activity, and no privacy is therefore needed. To further promote these values the society uses the Fordian religion—a spin-off of Christianity—to publicize the importance of people being together; the religion encourages sex, the use of the drug “soma” and hosting orgies to create “happiness.” Distributing soma eradicates…

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