“And this is the Fertilizing Room” (Huxley 1) said the Director opening the door for a group of young children. Although, this wasn’t your average fertilization room full of potted plants, and this was no group of ordinary children. These were the Brave New World children, made in the very room the Director just showed them, and this room was the start of what was called Bokanovsky's process. It started with taking one surgically removed egg from the female and mixing it with the male sperm. Then the now fertile eggs would be broken into what this society (The World State) called castes. There were five castes, Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons. Once broken up Alphas and Betas would be untouched, left to let the fetus grow on its own, the other however would be purposely toyed with to make the growing fetus develope problems and disabilities. …show more content…
Each group is only taught what they need to know so their society can fulfill the motto “Community, Identity, Stability”. Along with that the World State eliminates all feelings in society by encouraging sexual activity at a very young age. But even after conditioning not every person is perfect so the World State encourages caste members to take a drug called soma which takes away any feelings the World State’s conditioning failed to eliminate. Along with that the World State has created new games and ways of transportation that are needed for any member to survive. But in between the lines of this book were the predictions of Aldous Huxley. Although all his predictions did not end up being real, he did accurately predict the psychology in today’s world through the novel Brave New
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In simple words, by sterilizing female’s fetus, it is shown how this society relays more on males, not minding if the future offspring are based on males. Just because of this gender preference, woman have to suffer the disadvantage of going through this procedure and feeling a bit less important. Dissatisfaction among citizens in a supposedly utopian society might arise due to the fact that racism is present and a difference between males and females exists; not necessarily social classes are established based on gender, but it is for sure seen how one
Dylan Crowe Ms. Cross EH103-01 27 March 2022 A Defense of the Moral Principles of New Eugenics Eugenics was once a well-respected and accepted scientific field, yet, now, it is viewed with scorn and distrust. Throughout the early twentieth century, the ideas of eugenics were widespread, with many nations, such as the United States, implementing various elements of it with the goal of enhancing their nation's populace. However, during the 1940s, it became untouchable after some began questioning the ethics and morality of improving humanity through selective breeding and the methods used by Nazi Germany in furtherance of genocide and racial hygiene.
Throughout the book you will notice it mentions much about mass production of people. As Huxley wrote, “making ninety-six human beings grow where only one grew before.” (Huxley 6) “one by one the eggs were transferred from their test-tubes to the larger containers; deftly the peritoneal lining was slit, the morula dropped into place, the saline solution poured in… and already the bottle had passed.”
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).
Every oocyte that is predetermined to become a member of the lower castes (Gamma to Epsilon) undergoes the so-called Bokanovsky 's Process, a technique that allows “ninety-six human beings where only one grew before” (seventy-two humans is seen as a good average). Bukanovsky 's Process uses a rather radical treatment consisting of hard X-rays, bathing the fertilised eggs in alcohol and freezing them to animate them to bud into two to eight zygotes each (Huxley
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.
On the other hand, Gamma, Delta and Epsilon fetuses are subjected to chemical interference, to stunt their intelligence and physical growth. Those fetuses will be members of the working class who will fulfill simple tasks. This got my interest because the lower castes are bred for low intelligence and conditioned not to think so that there is not revolt and stability is maintained. They are discouraged of critical/scientific thinking and literature is banned, this reminds me of the Middle Ages, where poor people are kept illiterate, uneducated and under pressure of the church to keep them restrained. However people began to stand up for themselves and this has led to the Enlightenment.
Through differences and similarities Brave New World, written by Aldous Huxley, shows the future for reproductive technologies. While this novel was written in the 1930’s, the ideas used in the book are actually used in the modern world. Reproductive technologies are used to treat infertility and increase reproduction in different ways and some are used as contraceptives. Through the use of modern reproductive technologies Huxley gives a more controversial view about the use them, some of the few that brought attention were the use of contraceptive pills, test-tube babies, and the process of in vitro fertilization. Even though contraceptive processes have been around since the 1500’s, the first birth control pill came out in the 1950’s.
"(Huxley, page ##) This quote shows that by conditioning all of society, no one can really be their own person and they just accept everything the way it is because there was never another way of thinking. You can find the same issue in North Korea, where people have propaganda forced into their daily lives and aren 't allowed to have any individuality. One way the World State uses propaganda in the book is with hypnopaedia. This can be compared to the
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.
The people living among dystopian society in Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, accept soma’s ability to create superficial happiness and manage their thoughts, but only through control over one’s own mind can true happiness be achieved. With the drug soma, the government maintains its stability through control over the people. The citizens think they are happy, but true happiness can only come from within. From the very start, the people are taught how to behave and that emotional connections with others were not necessary in life. When an individual uses soma, they become overwhelmed in happiness and all of the negativity disappears from their life.
The word eugenics invented by Francis Galton in the late 1800’s had a goal to improve the human population by getting rid of the undesired traits and increasing the desired ones with the help of selective breading. With our claim “possession of knowledge does carry an ethical responsibility”, Galton is somewhat responsible for all the deaths related to eugenics throughout the years. Eugenics in later years evolved in such a way that not only did they increase the birthrate of the ‘fit’ by selecting parenthood (positive eugenics), but also reduce the birthrate of people that were ‘unfit’ (negative eugenics). For example in 1913, few American states had laws that allowed the compulsory sterilization of those held in custody who were also tagged as ‘unfit’. This resulted in around 70,000 victims being forcefully sterilized, some of these victims include criminals, mentally retarded, drug addicts, the blind, deaf
Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, explores themes of sex and human suffering. Due to the themes in this book it has even been previously banned in Ireland, India and some schools in America. The novel offers sex as a prominent tool in The World State’s society while human suffering is eradicated through the use of the drug SOMA and conditioning from the government. This may sound positive at first but it is truly unfortunate.