Perception Of Happiness In Aldous Huxley's Brave New World
13 December 2016
Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World creates a picture of a perfect society that wins happiness by altering the minds of its people to believe they are happy. The population is so conditioned to think things done today that are seen as wrongful doings or taboo, will be considered the norm. In a world where painting an unorthodox vision of the future to create stability, the people are no longer as happy as they would make their beliefs up to be, but as happy as their government allows them.
Brave New World, recognizes government control which overtime opens the doors up to failure as a society. It is a world created where everything is “under control”, being observed, and …show more content…
People had a false sense of happiness through soma. Soma was used by the government in order to keep their simple minds subdued. It was like a muscle relaxer that calms the neurological function in the human body. The citizens in Brave New World have been conditioned to depend on the drug, and they use it to escape. The problem is that the citizens are basically being enslaved by the drug and turned into walking zombies as if they had no minds. So while the government may push them to use it, it only does so to further control the population. Chemicals are abused used to achieve youth and happiness. The prime example being the use of drugs to get a euphoric high and to escape some type of pain instead of dealing with it. In Brave New World, Soma, a hallucinogenic drug, is a important part of life that is used to keep the world in check. When a member of society is unhappy, it is looked at as normal to consume soma. When Lenina is upset John does not join her after their date, Lenina thinks, “One gramme, she decided, would not be enough; hers had been more than a one-gramme affliction” (Huxley 171). The effectiveness of the drug had a tight hold on the population. So much that it was a natural part of life. Nothing was to keep society in check mentally such as following a certain religion or positive hobbies because that wasn’t the