Cautionary Satire In Brave New World By Golda Meir

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Brave New World is a cautionary satire that illustrates the dangers of an over-controlled society by dictators who attempt to create a “utopia” created on the foundation of “Community, Identity, and Stability”. In order to achieve a “utopia”, World State deprives arts, religion, and relationships from their citizens. Huxley’s novel shows the negative effects of ignoring one of Golda Meir’s beliefs that “One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.” Meir uses denotative diction to suggest that the past is not an evil and is actually a necessity, even if it is different from the present. Today history books in classrooms are censoring major events in history, such as slavery, because it no longer …show more content…
Mustapha Mond believes art and literature has no relevance in the lives of World State citizens because “they’re blissfully ignorant of passion and old age” (16) and cannot relate to the relationships and drama in old literature such as Shakespeare. According to Mustapha Mond, old culture in the form of art and literature is no longer relatable to the new society because citizens do not understand emotions and passions humans once had. Even religion has no importance in the lives of citizens of World State because religious sentiment is promoted by unstable emotions. In Chapter 3 Mustapha Mond quotes Henry Ford, saying, “History is bunk.” Unlike Meir, the Controller believes depriving society of old culture and the past is worth it in order to produce a stable …show more content…
Seneca explains that it is easier to avoid occasions of sin than to limit the sins or offense after they have already been committed. Huxley exemplifies Seneca’s belief through John the Savage, who represents the values and culture of the reader’s society. John tried to remain celibate in a society with promiscuous habits and in order to avoid sexual temptation, he avoided his source of impure thoughts, Lenina. When the presence of Lenina seemed inevitable, John would punish himself to avoid sin. Overwhelmed by the profligacy of his wrongdoings, John eventually committed suicide after committing his sins. John symbolizes Seneca’s belief because he is attempting to avoid temptations; however, he proved to be weak and yielded to sin which eventually lead to his peripeteia- suicide. Seneca’s belief is satirized in Brave New World because World State devoids anything that might cause instability such as relationships. When there is no such thing as instability, leaders of World State believe there is no purpose for religion and therefore force one religion on the population. This is a satire of the Islamic States today that do not allow

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