Analysis Of Huxley 's ' Brave New World ' Essays

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Since humanity first began to work together and build communities, a raging debate has waged on— should emphasis be placed on the rights of the individual, or the society? Those that allied with the latter molded a belief system known as collectivism. While seemingly ideal at first glance, in practice, the belief often leads to the loss of individuality amongst the citizens. Often, advocates of such a belief regard the individual as the hindrance of the state’s common good. Huxley 's "Brave New World" is a critique of collectivism, which in the novel leads to a loss of identity through the suppression of critical thinking, the loss of emotional depth, and the dehumanization of the individual.
Critical thought processes in the World State are severely limited by those in control. The collectivist mentality has led to conditioning and hypnopaedia, creating a society of mindless drones, where intellectualism is muffled by the static of willful ignorance. (Metaphor, LD) Through oxygen deprivation and genetic selection, the lowers castes are robbed of the physical capability to be intelligent. As a result, there is no hint of discontentment, in spite of being relegated the less pleasant tasks. Even the Alpha and Betas, with their capacity for higher level thinking, are expected to act complacent and simple minded. In his lecture to Bernard Marx, the Director goes so far as to suggest that because of his intelligence, there “‘is all the more reason for their…

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