Brave New World, a book by Aldous Huxley, and Sleeper, a movie directed by Woody Allen, are both set in the future with governments that rely on drugs to keep its citizens sedated. The majority of citizens in both societies believe that taking “a gramme” of drugs is simpler than giving “a damn” about their day-to-day problems (125). In Brave New World this is seen with the soma rations that everyone is given every day to help them calm down in stressful situations, for example when Lenina wanted her soma when she and Bernard were visiting the Reservation and she started freaking out. The use of drugs is also seen in Sleeper with the orb which calmed everyone down at Diane Keaton’s character Luna’s party at the beginning of the movie, and also
“And do remember that a gramme is better than damn.” In the novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, drug use is regarded as part of daily life and often glorified by the characters. While the characters in Huxley’s novel have no problem using drugs to replace their emotions, prescription opioid abuse has become a major concern in the United States. Prescribing guidelines for these drugs need to be stricter in order to prevent prescription drug abuse from growing.
In the novel, Brave New World, soma is a drug meant to escape emotions like pain, sadness, and depression. The drug represents the overall well-being of people, so they are always happy and content. In modern society, alcohol functions as soma-like, distorting your reality and making you forget your problems. Another parallel to soma is the societal pressure to drink from advertisements to social pressure. Similarly, the government of Brave New World pushes the usage of soma intensely and the people feel this pressure to consume this drug.
Brave New World on Soma In todays society drug use is strongly discouraged, but in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World has shown otherwise. Aldous Huxley wrote what he thought was a new and better life then what we’re living now. The Brave New World is a society in which people are separated by social classes and everyone and everything is controlled. The people would use a drug called soma as another way to control the people.
Would the society one day present you with a fancy commercial narcotic that would put an end to all your bad days? Huxley believed so especially with society's growing need for instant gratification seen more and more recently through the use of advertisement. Today it is also seen that the addiction of drugs has gone up amongst people all around the world. Recreational drugs are seen being used to achieve an instant height of emotions and feeling as if all your problems are taken away from you that moment. Seem familiar to Lenina’s need for soma to escape her problems “It’s awful.
Chapter two introduces the policy problems related to the War on Drugs, as well as other policies that banned or limited other use of alcohol and drugs. Authors start with the history of the regulations of mood altering substances that began in colonial times, and then it escalated with “The Father of Modern Drug Enforcement”, Dr. Hamilton Wright. President Roosevelt assigned him to be the first Opium Drug Commissioner of the United States. Dr. Wright saw drugs as a big problem, according to the text the drug prohibitions started with his opinions on limiting drug use. In 1906 the Pure Food and Drug Act was signed and required the labeling of the ingredients of the products.
In 1968, both Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated, leaving the United State in a state of uncertainty. With a nation in need, the Woodstock Music and Art fair arose in 1969, standing against the background of the past year (Evans and Kingbur 20). Max Yasgur, a dairy farmer who leased his farm to the Woodstock promoters, once said to the millions of fans at the festival, “The important thing that you've proven to the world is that... a half a million young people can get together and have three days of fun and music and have nothing but fun and music, and I God Bless You for it!” (Gerdes 4), and that is exactly what the crowd of more than 400,000 fans did.
Have you ever judged a person because of where they came from? You should think twice because those people who you judged have been through a lot to come to the place where you were born. The refugees from the articles ‘Lost Boys’ and ‘Brave New World’ have been through so much. The refugees have migrated to new places to find a new life coming to a world of criticism. They were criticized by people like you.
The desire to be independent and free is found within all individuals. Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening and John Ford’s film The Searchers depict the struggles of their protagonists as they embark on journeys to discover their true selves. The protagonists of these two texts both find themselves fighting to establish a balance between the domestic and the natural world. The domestic world is governed by society and its expectations, whilst the natural world is free of societal expectations and represents the individuality that the protagonists are trying to find. Edna, the protagonist of The Awakening, begins to rebel against societal expectations for her as a mother and wife in favor of independence and freedom.
In Huxley’s novel, Brave New World, there were a plethora of themes he tried to focus on. Since this is taken place in a Dystopia, you can see there are many themes based off of things that seem to actually be happening in our world today, just taken at an extreme. But the one that stuck out most had to be his theme, drugs. Drugs played a very important role in this book. In this world, drugs, also known as soma, is used by everyone in the World State.
Brave new world is a story that will give you a version of the future of our world beyond the average human imagination. The novel “Brave New World” can be shortly summarized into this, humans are not born anymore, instead the embryos are manufactured by machines and conditioned in ways so certain classes of people are almost exactly the same. Media in Brave New World is a very prominent substance that has a very large amount of influence on the “civilized” people. One of the most important forms of “media” used in the novel is a drug/chemical called soma.
In modern society, a time that was full of drugs and people with heavy addictions was the Crack Epidemic. Crack during the 1970s can be compared to Soma in Brave New World. Everybody was using it to escape reality. Due to getting a sense of euphoria, crack just like soma was used to escape their current circumstances. In Brave New World Soma is their drug of choice to escape reality.
Brave New World.print), is a quote that allows yet another carefree, ignorant attitude of the society to remain, encouraging everyone to have as much fun as possible without the mention of consequences; rules of the World State are strict, and they take away the excitement in people’s lives, but the strict rules leads to another source of fun-soma. Soma is a hallucinogen described as the ideal drug with the benefits of calming, surrealistic and a ten hour high with no side effects(Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World.print). The people of the World State have been encouraged and conditioned to love it. “And if ever, by some unlucky chance, anything unpleasant should somehow happen, why, there’s always soma to give you a holiday from the facts...”(Huxley, Aldous.
In modern day, our society has begun to legalize marijuana. Marijuana is like soma in the sense they both are stress free drugs and entrance the user into a much “happier” state of mind. Often, both drugs will out the user into a deep relaxation. In the novel, the controller or leader of the World State had said “- there is always soma, delicious soma, half a gramme for a half-holiday, a gramme for a week-end, two grammes for a trip to the gorgeous East, three for a dark eternity on the moon -" (Huxley). The users of soma took the drug as if they needed it to survive.
She took as much as twenty grammes a day” (Huxley 143). The truth is that not everybody is happy, but in order to control the masses and escape this hard truth, drugs are distributed and consumed. The fact that drugs are a distraction is not a secret, so instead of solving the issues at hand it is much easier to provide distractions so people will not come to a realization and revolt or cave under the
In this novel, soma is an opiate which is given to citizens in order to distract them from their constrictive, unsettling society and totalitarian government. It enhances the feeling of overall well being and allows the mind of the user to escape from sadness and pain. This quote exemplifies the citizens dependency on soma to keep their minds on track and not think of something or someone they don’t want to or aren’t supposed to think about. Soon after this novel’s publication, there were many pharmaceutical advancements. Advancements in the pharmaceutical field and genetic altering became prevalent shortly after this novel’s publishing in 1932.