One motif I found interesting throughout the novel was the replacement of truth, and true human experience, with “happiness” and government created cultures. Examples that illustrate this idea from the text Soma is one of the biggest examples of this idea. Soma is a drug-like substance users take to experience hallucinations of happiness.
Human nature leads to emotion and insecurity. When real passion becomes too great for some to bear, they turn to unreal substances to acquire fake sentiments. Aldous Huxley is the author of Brave New World and he perfectly displays that people use drugs, alcohol and other substances to replace real emotion; he also describes that the media can warp the way the public views these pharmaceuticals. When individuals experience great emotional pain, they will sometimes use certain substances to drown out those negative feelings. In Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, a common “drug” that they refer to as soma.
The Effects of the World State vs. The Savage Reservation In the book, Brave New World By Aldous Huxley the way that drugs, intimacy and social conditioning differentiate for the World State and the savage reservation is very different in the way they use them . The drug that is in the world State is Soma which makes you feel happy like any other drug and is seen as the perfect drug because there are no side effects. The way that Soma is used in the World State is that when you are feeling depressed, you take one or more small Tablet that contain the drug. One example that I found was when Lenina “swallowed six half-gramme tablets of Soma, lay down on her bed and within ten minutes had embarked for lunar eternity. ”(140).
Addiction is a large problem in today’s world much like it is in Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World. Though both societies have addiction in them, it is encouraged and accepted in the novel whereas in today’s world it is strongly discouraged and not accepted. Soma, the narcotic in Brave New World, is consumed by all characters when times in their lives get tough. Soma is also a death conditioning device, provided by the leaders of the “utopian” town, the drug causes everyone to die before they become old.
Unreal Society Brave New World is a novel written on 1931 by Aldous Huxley. “The Lottery”by Shirley Jackson was written on June 26, 1948 . In “The Lottery” and Brave New World, they depict two different societies that will continue indefinitely on their own path because of their own traditions without concern about what other societies think.
The human is described as a social being, like all mammals and birds. In the sense that it interacted permanently with members of his sex to form complex social relations, resulting in a hierarchy or social structure, leading to the overall form of the system known as the community. This social interaction is not only important to the formation of society, it is also a necessary human need to maintain mental and physical health. The decrease of social interaction, through social isolation or loneliness, leads to negative physical and psychological health consequences, Early. This fact has recently been confirmed by the results of a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, conducted by scientists at the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care at the University College London.
"In the end John was forced to give in. Linda got her soma. Thenceforward she remained in her little room on the thirty-seventh floor of Bernard 's apartment house, in bed, with the radio and television always on, and the patchouli tap just dripping, and the soma tablets within reach of her hand - there she remained; and yet wasn 't there at all, was all the time away, infinitely far away, on holiday;....... only much more so, incomparably more, and without end" (Huxley 155) “More than twenty three million people over the age of twelve are addicted to alcohol and other drugs, affecting millions more people….. spouses, children, family members, friends, neighbors and colleagues at work”(NCADD). Alcohol and drug dependence plays a huge role on
Pangloss: Martin, there is no doubt that we have faced great suffering in recent years. However, had I not suffered the “hellish torment of disease (Voltaire 8),” hanging, dissections, lashings, and rowing in the galleys (Voltaire 75), I would not feel the happiness of enjoying this walk with you in this beautiful and bountiful garden. All events of suffering experience throughout our existence are linked in this best of all possible worlds (Voltaire 79). And I must say, my dear Martin, that “nothing could be better (Voltaire 2)” and we are living a life of true happiness cultivating our land.
Happiness has a broad meaning. One may consider it to be having money, love, or even just enjoying the little things in life. There is no real definition for happiness because it all depends on a person 's perspective of life. Happiness is more about the way you think and act rather than a material possession. It is not something that has a physical form, or that is worth something valuable, yet everybody seeks it.
Is Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World still a relevant text in today's modern society or is it no longer relevant in today's modern society? Yes, Aldous Huxley's novel Brave New World is most definitely still relevant in today's modern society. Even though Brave New World’s society is pretty much different from our society today, there is still some things that are still relevant today that are in the book. One thing that Brave New World is relevant in our modern society today is the drugs and alcohol. In Brave New World, the soma is what the people use for a drug.