Brave New World, By Aldous Huxley's Brave New World

Brave New World, written by Aldous Huxley and published in 1932, is a novel which takes place in London about five hundred years into the future, where a world called the World State, in which humans are being bioengineered and conditioned to be profoundly social beings, is depicted as a stabilized society. Comparison of these two different worlds, the World State and contemporary society, will show the basis of how each view social issues and deal with them. Today’s contemporary society is in some ways different than that of the World State, but as we view the two worlds, we can see some of the differences as well as some similarities that they have. An analysis of the ideas of love/sex and individualism intertwines due to the fact that choosing …show more content…
The idea of individualism differs when it comes to these two worlds. The thought of being a unique individual in the World State is hopeless because they want everyone to be unified as one in order to keep the society stabilized. In Brave New World, during a tour of the London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre, Huxley reveals to us how “bottles come in here to be predestined in detail” (10). This explains that each human being that is being grown in the bottle has already had their life predetermined for them. They cannot grow and live a normal individual lifestyle because they are conditioned through hypnopaedia (sleep teaching) to believe in a united society instead of having thoughts and feelings to oneself. Contemporary society believes that each person should be their own unique individual. In Brennan’s article, Choice and excellence: a defense of Millian individualism, the idea of individualism is something that must be done first before one can achieve excellence in life. The idea of individualism described by Brennan is that, “a person who chooses her own life plan, is passionately creative, rises above the masses, and resists authority” (483). This …show more content…
Mond stated that the pressures in the pipe were, “Mother, monogamy, romance … No wonder these poor pre-moderns were mad and wicked and miserable. Their world didn’t allow them to be sane, virtuous, happy” (Huxley, 41). In the World State, they do not believe in maternal love and lovers because it causes emotions, and emotions make the society unstable; thus Mond releases that pressure for the citizens, so that they do not have to suffer through emotions. The World State may not believe in the ideas of love, but in contemporary society when two people love each other, they will do whatever it takes to show their love for one another, even if it means death. In the movie, Romeo and Juliet, we see two lovers from feuding families fall in love with each other, only for it to end tragically with their deaths. Their families forbid them to be with one another, but they fought for love and died at the end just to be with one another in death. In contemporary society we fight for true love, we do not see it as distasteful. Love/sex can be viewed very differently from different society; some may believe the two are sacred and special, whereas others would see one as disgusting and the other as something

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