How unfortunate it was that the brilliant Bernard Marx of Brave New World, a man isolated by the emotions which are numb to the rest of society, is driven off the edge of sanity in an attempt to share these emotions.The tortured, misunderstood Alpha-plus man that wanted more out of life then to indulge in sexual ecstasies regulated by this “utopian” society was denied this throughout his life. At first, he was a subtle man, but then became a man that was pervaded by extreme jealousy and ego.
The pressure to conform to societal norms is prominent in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. The idealized norm of Things Fall Apart is masculinity, while in Brave New World it one of promiscuity. Being Masculine, in Things Fall Apart means withholding emotions because they are seen as weak and feminine in the village of Umuofia. Promiscuity in Brave New World means having physical relations with as many people as you can. In both novels, people who lack these traits are seen as undesirable to society. The characters Nwoye from Things Fall Apart and Lenina From Brave New World both feel obligated to follow these social norms and ultimately give in to them.
Marxism is the idea of social science that studies how economic activity affects and is shaped by social processes. Social processes are the way individuals and groups interact, adjust and reject and start relationships based on behavior which is modified through social interactions. Overall marxism analyzes how societies progress and how and society ceases to progress, or regress because of their local or regional economy , or global economy.In this case, Marxism’s theory applies to the novel, Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, where a society where mass satisfaction is the instrument utilized by places of power known as the Alphas in order to control the oppressed by keeping the Epsilons numb, at the cost of their opportunity to choose their own way of life.
In Aldous Huxley’s novel “Brave New World” the world has fallen into an authoritarian order, of which control is kept through constant distraction and suppression of information. Though through this remains communities of “savages” who reject the new world order and have continued more traditional human life in reservations. It is in one of the these reservations the Aldous Huxley introduces the character John, a foil to the society he is introduced to. This exile from the land and the ideologies of the home John once knew to the “brave new world” allows John to both learn about himself and gives him the ability to see the corruption within the world state.
American Life today is reminiscent more of the age of The Romanticism period the first reason how American life today is still being reflected towards The Romantic period is through the values of the founding fathers. They took the basic ideas from The Romantic period that includes the ideas of vision and historical change. These basic ideas are still being represented every day in America that we are always a changing country, that we are always developing and that our people are the most important part of our country, these basic ideas we are still practicing 241 years later in America. The second reason The Romantic period reflects modern American life is through art and literature before the Romanticism period, books and art were written
Bernard Marx is a primary example of enhancing the lack of diversity in the World State society. Bernard is not only short and struggles with confidence, but he is also an introvert. “... Bernard’s physique was hardly better than that of the average Gamma. He stood eight centimetres short of the standard Apha height and was slender in proportion. Contact with members of the lower castes always reminded him painfully of this physical inadequacy” (64). Bernard shows dissatisfaction with his intellectual superiority. Bernard believes his insufficient physical traits threaten his place of power. He continues to add to the lack of diversity in Brave New World by not only trying to hide the introverted side to himself, but he tries to overcompensate for his height with his
In Chapter Six, Bernard represents the point of view that individuals do not need to use soma and be conditioned in order to be themselves or happy. He feels that he doesn't need to be apart of the social body to be content. When talking to Lenina while looking at the ocean, Bernard says, “It makes me feel as though...as though I were more me...Not just a cell in the social body” (Huxley, 90). From this quote one can infer that Bernard does not like the idea of being forced to become somebody that he is not, just to satisfy society's needs. He does not want to use soma because is it makes him feel like somebody else. When Lenina offers him soma, he says, “I’d rather be myself. Myself and nasty. Not somebody else, however jolly” (Huxley, 89).
I wrote a diary about Lenina’s thoughts in the Brave new world society. As a principal character, Lenina represents a model citizen that always follows its policies. But I think that inside herself she has desires and disagreements with it. Bernard´s behavior mentally confuses her, because he was always complaining about the governments ' ideologies and opposing to take soma. Which was dangerous because she likes him. The tone I use is informal and hopes to reach school students and adults audience.
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.
While, on the whole, the World State facilitates the carefree and cheery lives of its members, there is one major outlier, that being Bernard Marx, yet upon acquiring John, a savage, he envelops himself in fleeting false success. Throughout the earlier half of the novel, he merely mopes about and complains, “I’d rather be myself… Myself and nasty. Not somebody else, however jolly” (Huxley 74). He carries a clear disdain for what, he views, is the artificial joviality that all members of the World State possess. Wanting to remain “nasty”, he constantly refuses the amenities that his peers receive readily, such as the hallucinatory drug “soma”. Nonetheless, upon befriending John, a savage who becomes objectified as a source of entertainment,
Although it is not mentioned candidly, sex is significant in chapter 12. In chapter 12, Bernard throws a party with the pretense that “the Savage” will be in attendance. When John rejects the invitation, Bernard has to announce the news to the guests, which were less than pleased. “As for the women, they indignantly felt that they had been had on false pretenses,” (173). Most of the women in attendance slept with Bernard with the promise that they will be able to meet John. This shows that the only reason for women wanting to have sex with Bernard was for their own gain and not because of their attraction towards him.
Power appears as something of an aphrodisiac to some people, corrupting their actions and judgement until it inevitably leads to their downfall. This allure to power influenced Karl Marx, a German philosopher who the author of The Communist Manifesto, and through this political theory paper, he communicated his ideals of a perfect communist society. Communism was later practiced across the world in countries like Russia and North Korea, leading to mass poverty, famine and the deaths of millions of people. His namesake in the novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Bernard Marx, falls to a similar demise due to his attraction to power. In the utopian society where people are born and pre-designated into their respective social castes, Bernard’s attempts to generate popularity and take revenge lead to, not only the downfall of
In Brave New World, Aldous Huxley depicts how people sacrifice their relationships, specifically family, in order to having the feeling of happiness. The people only have a temporary, self-centered, kind of happiness instead of true joy or strong emotions. They do not realize how much they are missing out, because they have never been around anything different; they are only told of the horrors of strong emotions or attachments and they are conditioned to think everyone is happy. Today 's society is similar in the way that people are focused on the here and now, feelings, what makes you feel right, what you want. Though everyone is conditioned to some extent, you can be glad that you experience love, real joy, pain, or suffering, real emotions, not just temporary ones. You need to choose to decisions that will lead to true happiness. Learning to deal with the hard things in life is what allows you to grow, to experience true joy, love, and relationships. In Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, characterization and theme lead you to a deeper understanding of a manufactured world where everyone puts on a mask, and teaches you to never sacrifice true emotions for artificial ones.
In order to demonstrate a wider range of comprehension of the novel “A Brave New World”, I decided to write a diary about Bernard’s position throughout the novel, which shows a carping yet courageous voice that demands to be heard. Nevertheless, his desires change as power and prestige comes to him, creating an inner conflict on the character. Considering Bernard´s reality as an Alpha individual, it is noticeable that a formal and intellectual tone prevails as the diary entry develops, and intends to approach critical readers whose interests lie on exploring Bernard´s personality.
The movie begins with the dialogue, “Mom and me versus you and dad”. The statement levels the field, on which the movie continues to play with the psyche of its viewers for a full hour and fifteen minutes. The storyline had been no less than a tennis doubles between Joan and Bernard, where Walt and Frank got stuck like two amateurs in the game between pros. This game spirit is well maintained throughout by the couple in their competition for career, kids, asserts (favourite books), and even the cat!