Brave New World Individualism Quotes

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In Brave New World, Aldous Huxley warns of a world, free from individualism with the entire culture contingent on instant gratification and asphyxiating happiness. Looking around in the world today fragments of the dystopian future described by Aldous Huxley exist, slowly changing society into its next evolution. In the novel, one character in particular stands out amongst the identical crowd. John the Savage personifies human values and intellectualism, in a world deprived of both. Looking at the current world conditions in 1931, Aldous Huxley created a horrifying future, a dramatization showing the power of a slippery slope. Brave New World is a warning, a warning that epitomizes the price of the purist of peace. Peace was achieved in Brave …show more content…

Huxley exemplifies this form of control during a tour given by the controller to students, "There were some things called the pyramids, for example. “And a man called Shakespeare. You've never heard of them of course." Shakespeare references appear frequently throughout Brave New World, first in this quote, but also later in the novel, as a conduit for John’s emotions, “He hated Popé more and more. A man can smile and smile and be a villain. Remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindless villain. What did the words exactly mean? He only half knew. But their magic was strong and went on rumbling in his head, and somehow it was as though he had never really hated Popé before; never really hated him because he had never been able to say how much he hated him. But now he had these words, these words like drums and singing and magic. These words and the strange, strange story out of which they were taken (he couldn't make head or tail of it, but it was wonderful, wonderful all the same)—they gave him a reason for hating Popé; and they made his hatred more real; they even made Popé himself more real.” The knowledge of fictional characters gave John the mental capacity to express his emotions. Even with a rudimentary comprehension of words like remorseless, treacherous, and lecherous, fundamentally changed the way that John …show more content…

With radical advancements in genetic engineering, revolutionized travel, and a perfected system of mass production; instant gratification awaits at every corner. Human experiences like birth and aging become meticulously planned, “We give them transfusion of young blood. We keep their metabolism permanently stimulated. So, of course, they don't look like that. Partly," he added, "because most of them die long before they reach this old creature's age. Youth almost unimpaired till sixty, and then, crack! the end." Science has progressed to the point of permeating some of the most natural process. Birth, aging, and state of mind can all be controlled in the New World through the radical progression of science. Technology has been used before for the purpose of malicious manipulation. Joseph Goebbels, a German politician and the Reich’s Minster of Propaganda saw the value in radio technology as a method of suggestion and conditioning. The Nazi regime had similar aspirations as what was achieved in the New world, “utopian visions and national security interests.” From the technological perspective we live in an information society since information and telecommunication technologies play a constantly expanding role in all fields of social existence, which has shaken the foundations of social structures and processes and resulted in profound changes in politics, economy, culture, and everyday life. The controller points

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