Aldous Huxley uses Bernard Marx, Helmholtz Watson, and John’s varying interpretations of freedom to enhance the lack of diversity in the World State society with both actions and beliefs. In Brave New World, the World State society was formed on the idea of “Community, Identity, Stability.” It was used to perpetuate ideas of freedom, and more often lack thereof. Bernard Marx struggles in Brave New World, and as a result continued perpetuating the lack of diversity in the World State. Bernard does not disapprove of the World State society, he wants to fit into it.
He showed this to the reader through the use of Christian symbolism and Shakespearean allusions to show that it is not worth sacrificing the truth for a “happy utopian society”. Both happiness and truth are such important parts of a person’s life, and neither one can just be eliminated for the greater good of the other. A utopian society is perfect in every way, shape, and form, so one can not just eliminate such a big part of any community. Ignorance of such a big part of life, such as truth, is dangerous to one's self. Huxley’s final message to the reader is in order to reach that perfect society, people must learn to solve their problems without simply sweeping them under the rug.
If you manage to pay close attention, then you might notice that not one of the leaders is a women. That is what first leads the readers to come up with the assumption that men and women are not actually viewed as equals in Huxley's Brave New World.
The utopian society in the Brave New World can be compared and contrasted between our contemporary society using individualism, community and the human experience. The fictional novel by Aldous Huxley, published in 1932, is about a utopian society where people focus stability and community over individuality and freedom, but an outsider is introduced to intervene with the operation of the utopian state. In the contemporary world, people need to show individuality in their communities in order to survive, and to be human, one must show emotion, which is the opposite in the Brave New World. Individualism is very important in the contemporary world, but in the utopian state, individuals are conditioned to be the same as everyone else. They do not know how to be themselves.
Instead, the resulting society reduces people to mindless robots marking time to an oppressive government’s regimented schedules.” (May). American society today there are protesters who fight in what they believe is right for the people in the union. For example, benefits that includes 401K, dental insurance and life insurance. People need to take a stand to encourage others to follow along or to make a long-lasting imprint to what their fighting for.
Furthermore, the title “Brave New World” refers to the city. “Brave” and “New” offer positive connotations. But by reading the book, one can understand this is not a positive city at all. This ironic and symbolistic novel refers to what Huxley believes society will become. Huxley believes that society will become putrid and evil, driven by instant gratification.
In modern Western civilization, Huxley would realize that consumers still make up most of the economy. Consumers can be from any social or economic class, although in the book, the lower caste is conditioned to be larger consumers. “The idea was to make them want to be going out into the country and every available opportunity, and so compel them to consume transport” (22). Huxley uses parallels; the government wants people to go out to the country, contradicting how they want to “abolish the love of nature” (6). This reinforces their ideal of consumerism making the economy stronger.
As a starting point, Arnold’s family, friends, and figures of authority in the reservation are clear evidence and reflection that the government 's attempt to assimilate the Indian population to the US society led to the destruction of the Indian culture. One of the most infamous attempts at assimilation made by the white society were the residential schools. Residential schools were places where Indians were taught to forget who they were and had a main motto that stated, “Kill the Indian, but save the person.” (Assimilation of Native Americans). In the novel, after Arnold threw a book on Mr. P’s face, they have a talk about the incident in Arnold’s porch.
Huxley's ideas that our society is numbed by things that we love and that everyone is almost happy to be somewhat oppressed is almost too real. It is pretty easy to see and make connections after evaluating our society that we live in. I agree with Neil Postmans assertions claiming that Brave New World is most relevant to our society. One of Postman’s claims that i related to is “people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.” this is expressed in the book by the simple quote “community, identity, stability”(1).
John Wilson is an outsider and also referred as a stranger who comes to the new world, Canada, and struggles to live by himself. When Wilson arrived in Canada, it was lucky and easy for him to find a job because there was a sign about “English Need not Apply” (p.12) and he is a Scottish. However, the jobs he could acquire were such as construction of bridge and gardener with low wage and lots of painstaking. The surplus could barely feed him after he sent the money back to his family. Although life was harsh in an unknown area, “he felt disconnected from the old world [Scotland] and everyone [his family, his friends and the scandal] in it” (p.18).
Huxley’s main argument in Brave New World is if the human race continues to allow science, technology, and material objects control our lives, society will lose a reasonable and moral lifestyle. Huxley’s argument is well-presented because Huxley executes the creation of a dystopian world in which tyrannical leaders are able to control the consumption, emotions, and fears of the entire population through the use of technology. In the novel World State uses technology to make citizens simple-minded and controls every aspect of their lives. To readers the practices of World State might be unjust but many aspects of the novel relate to the real world.
This is made clear as Bernard showcases the advanced civilization to John and John seems either unimpressed or confused about the whole situation. This is exemplified when John visits both the library and the Television Corporation factory as the savage learns about daily soma rations of the lower castes and the absence of Shakespeare in the World State. (Pg 164-165). As John continues to explore the world around him it is made very clear that he dislikes and is simply a square peg trying to fit into a circular hole, though John isn’t really trying to fit in moreover just blindly following others direction. This becomes clear to John as Bernard begins parading him around at parties as some kind of entertainment and after finally rejecting to go to one of Bernard's party the reader can see how much John is simply a tool that Bernard is using for his own social gain.
Without the freedom of thought that individualism brings, the perfection of the society is wasted. There is no perfect world that can exist where everyone is happy, so the best society possible is one where conflicts are used to create progress, and despite the seemingly endless conflict, the world in which we live in is that world. Huxley’s society is an exaggeration of what may happen within our own world if we allow for the decline of individuality as we have thus far, and though it is hyperbolic in its description, his warning is still very