Brave New World Rhetorical Analysis Essay

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Brave New World Aldous Huxley’s novel “Brave New World,” uses irony and symbolism to portray his message. “Brave New World” is a story written about a futuristic society saturated with glamour and technology. There are no longer parents; children are conceived in labs by donated gametes and conditioned for specific physical and mental likes and dislikes depending on their class of society. Completely apart from all the classes are “savages” who live on reservations surrounded by electric fences. These “savages” have remained unchanged and follow the “old” way of life. Huxley uses three main characters who each have a different viewpoint on this “utopian” society.
Symbols abound in Huxley’s work. Examples include soma, a drug, and “savages.” Soma “enlightens” the citizens of the World State. The soma, most importantly, distracts the citizens from all the horrible actions of their society. The citizens, by having such a easy-access to it, become “enslaved” by this narcotic. They simply rely on this empty happiness to cure any feeling of sadness. All the perversions and immoral actions have become unnoticed and “cured” by the principal of soma. This relates to things today; pleasures can lead to immoral actions.
“Savages,” particularly John, represent what is left of the “old
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Furthermore, the title “Brave New World” refers to the city. “Brave” and “New” offer positive connotations. But by reading the book, one can understand this is not a positive city at all. This ironic and symbolistic novel refers to what Huxley believes society will become. Huxley believes that society will become putrid and evil, driven by instant gratification. Instant gratification leads to ignorance of one’s values resulting in the attitudes of the characters displayed in the book. The society Huxley pictures is one without morals with no resistance after enough time as all the “savages” will end up ceasing to
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