Brave New World By Aldous Huxley Essay

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Religion is often turned to when one feels alone or fearful; however if no being has the capacity of feeling this way, then the comfort of religion is dispensable. In the science fiction novel, Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, there is a dictatorship run by ten world controllers, where former old-fashioned religion is dismissed and the people now worship the figurehead, Ford, who represents the rise in technology and capitalism. The plot unravels, though, as characters such as Bernard Marx, Helmholtz Watson and John Savage question these concepts. Huxley expresses his strong view points concerning religion and technology using Ford and capitalism, satire towards Christianity, and Mustapha Mond who explains the reasoning behind removing God from the world state.
In Brave New World, religion is replaced with the worshiping of Ford who symbolically represents devotedness to capitalism in the world state. In the novel, the figurehead, Ford, is alluding to Henry Ford who was a huge player in the rise of consumerism during the industrial revolution, due to the fact that he was the creator of modern assembly-line work. This assembly-line work ignited production leading to decreased costs of items and increased purchasing of consumers. This idea was grasped by Huxley, causing capitalism to become the basis of the entire world state. Before the main plot of the story begins, Mustapha Mond brings up the past and how old ways were dispensed and how these issues were dealt…

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