Materialism In Brave New World

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Brave New World Essay
Brave New World, written by Aldous Huxley, takes place in London in the year A.F. (After Ford) 632. Henry Ford, the man who popularized the assembly line, inspired the World State to create the New World. People are made in test tubes in the Hatchery. The Director overlooks the process of conditioning citizens to be less intelligent, with people who are made smarter on top of the caste system. Bernard Marx is an upper class Alpha, but he is unhappy. This makes the Director suspicious. He takes Lenina, a woman who has conformed to the sexualized and materialistic world, to the Savage Reservation where traditions are similar to the world today. There they meet Linda (the Director’s wife) and John, their son. Bernard takes
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The World State “also predestine[s] and condition[s]” (Huxley 13). It creates a stable society by establishing lifestyles for particular castes. Huxley shows this is important because everyone in the New World is happy and peaceful, but the consequence is that there is no free will because the people do not have the chance to influence their destiny. In addition to setting the citizens’ destiny, the World State also uses hypnopaedic phrases including, “Ending is better than mending,” to promote consumerism (Huxley, 49). Because the citizens of the New World are forced to believe these messages, they have no choice but to buy new products and find value in sex, new clothes, or the latest activities. This is important because consumerism still applies today. People often become attached to their new phones, clothes, or other products, and Huxley brings up the consequences of being materialistic. A controlling government helps to stabilize the New World, but results in generic citzens. The government takes advantage of their passiveness by forcing them to spend money. The World State is able to remain in power because people are unable to feel rebellious …show more content…
When New World citizens are faced with a situation that displeases them, they take soma, a drug that numbs emotions, and often say, “A gramme is better than a damn” (Huxley 55). The citizens are taught to avoid the hard truth by showing no real emotions and preventing exclusive relationships that could cause instability by sparking intense feelings such as love and hate. Huxley’s words warn readers today to avoid becoming overly reliant on materialistic pleasures. For example, people today trying to avoid hardships may surround themselves with sexual pleasure, money, or overdose on drugs, but this behavior makes them mindless and insensitive. John realizes that he does not like the New World and expresses his feelings of disgust by saying, “I don’t want comfort… I want God… I want sin” (Huxley 240). The New World eliminates sadness, which is key to happiness and satisfaction. John teaches the readers that to be happy, there must be sorrow that can compare to the joyful times. Feeling emotions is essential to human nature and allows people to live life to the

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