For an utopian society to exist, there needs to be a merging of conformity and individualism in the society. Pure individualism or pure conformity in a society leads to a lopsided and corrupted society; they need to exist in synchrony. In Merry Mount, the people follow an ideology of complete freedom of thought and of individualism. The Puritan’s society shows what happens when everyone conforms and no one expresses their individual beliefs. When the ideologies of conformity and individualism merge it combines into a greater society as a whole, better than either of the individual half’s. To create an utopian society, a society has to accept the individuality of a person, but it also has to have certain guidelines that are followed.
Control and stability can best be achieved when everyone is happy. As the website states, “The government does its best to eliminate any painful emotion, which means every deep feeling, every passion, is gone.” Huxley shows that the government recognizes the dangers of negative emotions when the controller states, "Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the over-compensations for misery" (150). The government in Brave New World understands that fact that the key ingredient to stability that the novel implies is that individuality must be absent and in the words of one of the ten controllers of the World State, says, "[there is] no civilization without social stability. No social stability without individual stability" (Huxley 28). Ten controllers of the world states determine all aspects of society. Children are born in state hatcheries according to what caste they will be in, they are given or denied certain components that are critical to the proper development for their social class. The citizens are happy and content with their simple lives as it is shown in the novel when a character states, "We don't want to change. Every change is a menace to stability," (Huxley
Community, Identity, Stability. These are the ideas that are thrown at you from the very beginning of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. However, it is quite ironic that this is the motto chosen to represent the world state. Community is understood to be a group of diverse individuals coming together as one, yet in brave new world they predestine their citizens and sort them into different castes. Identity is understood to show individualism, yet the caste system limits anyone’s capability to be an individual. With community and identity, stability is supposed to be achieved, but the novel makes you question if stability is an actual thing that can happen in society. In Brave New World, many things are done to ensure stability, three of them being the tyranny of happiness, drugging the population, and the mass production of children. With these three factors, it is eerie how close Aldous Huxley came to predicting the impact of these in the future of society.
In the Brave New World, a book written by Aldous Huxley,, he writes about a utopian future where humans are genetically created and pharmaceutically anthesized. Huxley introduces three ideals which become the world's state motto. The motto that is driven into their dystopian society is “Community, Identity and Stability.” These are qualities that are set to structure the Brave New World. Yet, happen to contradict themselves throughout the story. Some of the characteristics of the Brave New World include citizens being conditioned to their social groups, they are conditioned to fear the outside world, are deprived of human qualities, are under constant surveillance and in this case, the figurehead worshiped in the Brave New World is Henry Ford.
Huxley has a theory of entertainment as control and we can see it throughout his book Brave New World. The fact that his vision was made years ago, makes this vision even more interesting, because knowing that entertainment has a big impact into our society for the book reveals similar forms of entertainment to control it’s people. The ways that the book was created has brought to conclusion that our society is controlled by entertainment. Our society has become a trivial culture preoccupied with entertainment.
There are many ways to create a stable society although that is easier said than done. What Huxley has done is use a Bokanovsky process to ensure that all the citizens are twins. The Bokanovsky process is an advanced embryo splitting process where one gamete can produce up to 96 individual embryos. “One egg, one embryo, one adult-normality. But a Bokanovskified egg will bud, will proliferate, will divide. From eight to ninety-six buds, and every bud will grow into a perfectly formed embryo, and every embryo into a full-sized adult. Making ninety-six human beings grow where only one grew before.” (Director 7). Another attempt to make a stable society is implementing a caste system where “everyone belongs to everyone”. The caste system in Brave New World worked so effectively that the different castes rarely interacted with each other, and when they did there was a palpable animosity towards the persons of another caste. The upper castes such as the Alphas and Betas lived in small houses and High-Rise apartments in the environs neighboring the city. Very contrast to how the lower castes lived in large barracks inside the city. The conditioning that the children are exposed to leaves them with an enmity to people who look different. Such as Bernard Marx who was quite short for his caste and was treated as a lesser being on account of his disparate
Truth and happiness are two things people desire, and in the novel, an impressive view of this dystopia’s two issues is described. In this society, people are created through cloning. The “World State” controls every aspect of the citizens lives to eliminate unhappiness. Happiness and truth are contradictory and incompatible, and this is another theme that is discussed in “Brave New World” (Huxley 131). In the world regulated by the government, its citizens have lost their freedom; instead, they are presented with pleasure and happiness in exchange. People can’t know the truth; they are conditioned from birth never to know the truth. The majority of the citizens do not seek to know the truth, as ignorance is bliss. By taking Soma,
The utopian society in the Brave New World can be compared and contrasted between our contemporary society using individualism, community and the human experience. The fictional novel by Aldous Huxley, published in 1932, is about a utopian society where people focus stability and community over individuality and freedom, but an outsider is introduced to intervene with the operation of the utopian state. In the contemporary world, people need to show individuality in their communities in order to survive, and to be human, one must show emotion, which is the opposite in the Brave New World.
In Aldous Huxley’s dystopia of Brave New World, he clarifies how the government and advances in technology can easily control a society. The World State is a prime example of how societal advancements can be misused for the sake of control and pacification of individuals. Control is a main theme in Brave New World since it capitalizes on the idea of falsified happiness. Mollification strengthens Huxley’s satirical views on the needs for social order and stability. In the first line of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, we are taught the three pillars on which the novels world is allegedly built upon, “Community, Identity, Stability" (Huxley 7). The process used to maintain these three qualities are, however, seemingly completely incongruous
In Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World”, the concepts of consumerism and utopia are continuously compared and discussed in tandem with one another to decide if any correlation between them is present. Although people may argue that the humans belonging to the World State are happy, their lack of simple human pleasures such as love, religion, intellect, free will, etc, denies the people of actual joy. Since the government is what controls these pleasures by glorifying consumption, the World State’s culture and consumerism must interrelate.
Huxley’s novel provides the perfect warning about what too much government can do to a society. Huxley uses strict principles to warn us of the dangers of too much government control and technology. A society cannot be formed on strict ideals, it takes many combinations and different ideas in order to create a society where nobody is forced to be a certain way. Through the state motto we see many dangers and how to potentially avoid them. Community is important but so is independence. Identity creates unique individuals and is needed in order to maintain a healthy community. By erasing somebody’s identity, their whole being is taken away and all that is left is a mindless body. Stability keeps a society from completely collapsing in on itself, but it is important that there is some leeway. Not everybody is pleased by the same things and in order to keep everybody happy there needs to be a balance. These three principles are important in every society but the World State took them so far that it ruined every member of their society. These principles were a great concept that became twisted and created a morbid place whose individuals were brainwashed with no concept of
The movie, The Village, and the novel 1984 provides new insight and connections on a “utopian” society. Both are very similar to each other in a way that their utopian society has many flaws. 1984 is about a rebellion against an iron-fisted totalitarian government while The Village is about an attempt to protect the innocence of people. In these societies, the leaders lie in order to try and achieve a utopian world. Both societies have different purposes to control the people through fear, but despite their attempts to create a utopian society, they were only successful to a certain extent.
Topic #1 Political philosopher Karl Marx famously said that “[People] make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past.” In other words, though we create our own lives, our choices and options are affected by the circumstances that we are born into. Using course concepts and materials, write an argumentative essay that explores Marx’s idea with reference to Baby’s life.
The American society expects different attitudes and behaviors from boys and girls through culture tradition. As the children grow up, parents, media, and education all effect how they perceive their own gender rather than having it based on biological gender.
This article, “Gender Development Research in Sex Roles: Historical Trends and Future Directions” was written in a 2011 on NCBI, which points towards how the gender roles are different and how the society views them. This text includes the study of gender development, sex roles and trends over the past 35 years. Today gender roles, especially in the United States, are different from what they were in the past. But there are still many differences in roles of sex in many places around the world where women are considered less than men. They are not allowed to go out without a man going along. They are not allowed to continue their education because many still feel that women are meant to do the housework and take care of their children while