Unorthodoxy In Aldous Huxley's Brave New World

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Civilizations have always found ways to rise and fall with time. Each civilization always attempts to withstand the tests inflicted upon it. For a while they prevail, but once they begin to deteriorate civilizations will do anything to stay afloat including genocide, changing governments, and ultimately slipping towards a dystopian future. In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World the damage has already been done. After the Nine years’ war, which began in the year 141 A.F. (After Ford or 1908), the world was a dissolved unorganized mess. Soon after, the World State took over and united the world’s political sector under one umbrella ruled by ten World Controllers. The World State changed the world dramatically by eliminating all literature before …show more content…
Bernard Marx is one of the more intelligent members of society in the Alpha caste. Unlike his fellow Alphas he is shorter which could have been caused by alcohol during the decanting process. Decanting is how modern people are grown in mass quantities on a conveyer belt eliminating the need for natural birth. His physical appearance causes him to be an outcast in the Alpha caste to the point where he has limited friendships with anyone. This causes him to be an angry and more introverted person and he often times questions things about his place in society. When he is talking to Lenina Crown about their society Bernard says, “Don’t you wish you could be free?” (Huxley 91). The world state tries to make it seem like each individual has rights and can live a happy life but Bernard knows they are not truly free. He questions this new societies perception of being happy and how that could be different to someone’s true happiness. Other people in the society would find this extremely unorthodox because they all believe they are truly happy with their lives. Bernard further denounces his society by saying, “I’d rather be myself,” he said. “Myself and nasty. Not somebody else, however jolly.” (Huxley 89). This is Bernard’s reaction to Lenina’s suggestion to taking soma. Soma is “the perfect drug” engineered by the World State so whenever you’re feeling down you can take it and feel better. …show more content…
Instead he was naturally birthed on the reservation of non-members of the World State where he grew up. John began his life as an outcast of this society due to his connections with the World State and his promiscuous mother Linda. The tribe didn’t permit him in tribal ceremonies so instead he read Shakespeare provided to him by Linda. With only one book to read he memorized every line and based the ideology of his life behind Shakespeare’s work. When Bernard Marx brings Savage to the World State after Bernard’s visit to reservation and John is shocked by the World States lack of literature and feelings. The Shakespeare enthusiast said, “What you need, is something with tears for a change. Nothing costs enough here.” (Huxley 239). With the World State’s control Shakespeare no longer exists in society and nor do feelings and passion that strongly correlate with Shakespeare’s work. For John, Shakespeare is all he knows. He immediately is sent spinning by this new world around him and he gets lost in his unorthodox literature based mind. When he begins to fall in love with Lenina Crown who lives in the World State they go on a date to a “Feely”. Feelies are movies that let you feel like you are really in the action and are used for sexual means in the World State. The savage remarks, “I don’t think you ought to see things like that.” (Huxley 169). Again John bases his emotional and physical tendencies off

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