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Modern Society in Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Essay

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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley illustrates what is actually happening in modern society. The novel is a satire of a totalitarian government and although it is fantasy, there are early traces of it occurring in modern day. It is hard to imagine a government that is solely based on the ideals of the people when there is an elected government body who makes decisions. The government’s goal is to have stability and prosperity and that, at times, is accomplished at the expense of the individuals who are governed. Accordingly, there is danger in having an all-powerful state because personal freedoms are lost. More so, there is power in having knowledge that others do not possess because it is a gateway for the government to control the public…show more content…

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley illustrates what is actually happening in modern society. The novel is a satire of a totalitarian government and although it is fantasy, there are early traces of it occurring in modern day. It is hard to imagine a government that is solely based on the ideals of the people when there is an elected government body who makes decisions. The government’s goal is to have stability and prosperity and that, at times, is accomplished at the expense of the individuals who are governed. Accordingly, there is danger in having an all-powerful state because personal freedoms are lost. More so, there is power in having knowledge that others do not possess because it is a gateway for the government to control the public if scientific and technological advances are been made. As mentioned before, governments prosper when there is stability and commodification is way of the government achieving that although it does alter human behavior. On the other hand, some would argue that modern society is based on democracy and a controlled state as depicted in Brave New World is impossible to occur but there are indicators in society today that serve as a resemblance. Brave New World emphasizes that the dangers of an all-powerful state, power of knowledge, and commodification are detrimental to modern society.
Present day, it is seen that the government is having more control over the country which in effect, poses a danger to the people. They lose their

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Essay on Brave New World: A Society of False Happiness

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From the moment of birth, to the moment of death, humans are flooded with emotions both good and bad. Individuals are continuously seeking fulfillment, some failing to find it while others succeed. Many seek adoration; love, accomplishment and greatness. In literature, authors take the readers on journeys that allow imagination, granting the possibility for the reader to grasp inner desires and decide what is truly important in life. Literature allows readers to dive into a different world where happiness and fulfillment is plentiful and eternal, also described as a utopia, while other pieces of literature direct the reader into a world of dissatisfaction which is a dystopia. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is in 26th century England. With…show more content…

This novel suggests that there is more to life than just happiness; Brave New World insinuates that readers should seek freedom, knowledge and love in life. Huxley implies that without these fulfilling emotions and feelings, readers will be subject to a dreary and repetitive life.

Freedom is having the power to act, speak or think without restraint or limitations. To have free will and do as you please is very important in life. In Brave New World each caste is restricted to what the government wishes them to think or do. They have no freedom to choose what job to do, which class they belong to or what thoughts are in their brains. It is very hard to have freedom in this Brave New World when the citizens are subjected to rigorous operant conditioning, brainwashed by hypnopaedia from the moment of birth and imprisoned by a hallucinogen. These are "major instruments of social stability"(Huxley 5). The World State uses conditioning as a way to influence children to perform a certain way and like certain things. Conditioning is used in Brave New World to produce a society that is stable and where every citizen is content. The protagonist Bernard Marx longs for freedom and individuality. He ponders what it would be like "if [he] were free -- not enslaved by [his] conditioning" (78) showing his desire to be "free to be happy in some other way ... in [his] own way,

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