The Social and Political Attitudes of Brave New World Essay

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What if there was a place where you did not have to, or rather, you could not think for yourself? A place where one's happiness was controlled and rationed? How would you adapt with no freedom of thought, speech, or happiness in general? In the novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, there are many different attitudes portrayed with the purpose to make the reader think of the possible changes in our society and how they could affect its people. Brave New World is an unsettling, loveless

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This contentment arises both from the genetic engineering and the extensive conditioning each individual goes through in childhood. In this society, freedom, such as art and religion, in this society has been sacrificed for what Mustapha Mond calls happiness. Indeed almost all of Huxley's characters, save Bernard and the Savage, are content to take their soma ration, go to the feelies, and live their mindless, grey lives. The overwhelming color or ora throughout Brave New World is like a grey haze. Everything and everyone seems dull to the reader, except perhaps the Savage, who is the only bright color in the novel. This grey happiness is the ultimate goal of World Controllers like Mond. Only the Savage knows that true happiness comes from the knowledge that one has value. The savage alludes to this when he describes his childhood on the Reservation where the only time he was happy was after he had completed a project with his own two hands. This, not soma, gives him the self-confidence to find happiness. The Savage knows his own value is as an individual, not a member of a collective.
Other characters in Brave New World, however, have no concept of self-worth. Huxley uses the idea of illusions. For instance, he portrays a vivid picture of the slow but sure deterioration of every person that uses Soma. Like Linda, John's mother. She doesn't even know that she's wasting away. She's so wrapped up is her daily Soma dosage that she
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