Control And Conditioning In Aldous Huxley's 'Brave New World'

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Erick Molina
Ms. Fullmer
English 12
22 December 2022
Control and Conditioning
Being controlled and pre-conditioned before birth takes away an important aspect of what it means to be human. Part of what makes us human is being different from one another by having different morals and going through different experiences. In the book, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, the idea of being psychologically manipulated showcases the negative impact of being fully controlled and being similar to each other. This is shown through pre-conditioning, soma consumerism, and the prohibition of solitude. In Brave New World, people aren't naturally born, they are created through a scientific reproduction, called the Bokanovsky Process. This process allows one fertilized egg to divide and create many identical twins, which results in many people looking alike. These eggs are divided into different ranks and raised respectively to their castes. Even though there are different castes, everyone …show more content…

The Government has manipulated the people into believing that solitude is an abnormal thing. Solitude is discouraged because it leads into deeper thinking and self questioning. These things threaten the World State and their foundation of stability. In addition, the Government would have difficulty controlling people's lives if they are by themselves. Mustapha Mond highlights this when he explains to John Savage why people are never alone, “We make them hate solitude; and we arrange their lives so that it’s almost impossible for them ever to have it” (Huxley 235). By not being alone, people are kept from encountering their true selves. It is human nature to self-question the outside world and ponder over their existence and who they are. This is why people in a Brave New World have no identity. John Savage states, “If one’s different, one’s bound to be lonely” (Huxley 137). Furthermore explaining why the Government is against

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