Individual Freedom In Aldous Huxley's Brave New World

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In Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World, individual freedom is controlled by the use of recreational drugs, genetic manipulation and the encouragement of promiscuous sexual conduct, creating the ideal society whose inhabitants are in a constant happy unchanging utopia. In sharp contrast, Seamus Heaney’s poetry allows for the exploration of individual freedom through his symbolic use of nature and this is emphasised even further by people’s expression of religion, which prevails over the horrors of warfare. Huxley’s incorporation of the totalitarian ruler Mustapha Mond exemplifies the power that World State officials have over individuals within this envisioned society. “Almost nobody. I’m one of the very few … Which I’m afraid you can’t do”. This highlights society’s ability to eradicate individual freedom. The New World leader Mustapha Mond, who ultimately views himself as free, is trapped, as his purpose is to serve and ensure this chemically induced indoctrination of happiness, that controls every individual within this idealistic society. Alternatively, Heaney explores individual beliefs, mainly through religion, despite facing opposition and warning from his Catholic father and living within a Protestant Ulster, during the Troubles in 1968 to 1998. After the Good Friday Agreement 1998, Heaney had the freedom to publish …show more content…

However, in his poetry “District and Circle, it allows him to study a worldful of wars, and to do so on his own terms”. The critic Tobias Hill, shows Heaney doesn’t shy away from violence. In stark contrast to Heaney’s

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