Individuality In Brave New World

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“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire”(Ferdinand Froch).The soul is a part of a human that drives them to freely express themselves. By coercing individuals to conform to particular ideologies, society poses a peril to one’s individuality. Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel, Brave New World, depicts a universe wherein each individual is conditioned to certain tenets and conditions of the World State. Though the body is subject to conditioning, the soul is the only part that cannot be conditioned because of its indefinite location. Bernard, Lenina, and the Director exhibit a glimmer of a soul through instances in which its desire overshadows their conditioning. Huxley implements this theme to show readers that no matter how…show more content…
This is evident when Fanny, a friend of Lenina, points out “And you know how strongly the D.H.C objects to anything intense or long-drawn” (41). Utopian society does not believe in long-term relationships.They are looked down upon in the World State. Relationships like these ones create an emotional attachment between individuals which then leads to instability.To prevent this from happening, the World State highly encourages promiscuity as it eliminates a need for attachment. Although such relationships are prohibited, some characters such as Lenina yearn to be in them. When asked by Fanny if she has been seeing anyone beside Henry Foster, she tells her “No, there hasn’t been anyone else,” she answered almost truculently. “And I jolly well don’t see why there should have been,” (40). Lenina reveals that she has been going out with Henry Foster for four months and by staying for him this long indicates that she wants deeper connection rather than a fling. Fanny is appalled by this because it is not normal behavior. While Lenina adheres to her conditioning most of the time, these are the two instances where she defies it. When she is in a relationship, she does not engage with anyone else and focuses on being with one person at a time, as opposed to being promiscuous. Lenina also strongly expresses that she…show more content…
When Delta babies were being conditioned, their“small hands reached out uncertainty, touched, grasped, unpetaling the transfigured roses, crumpling the illuminated pages of the books.”(20).Though these babies have been conditioned,even before birth, they are stillattracted to the beauty and knowledge the stem from the books and roses, which shows a glimmer of a soul. This facet is so vital to the utopian society because it shows that even with extensive amounts of conditioning, the soul cannot be gotten rid of. By providing readers with this example, Huxley teaches that the soul is only hope for humanity. There are numerous teachings in today’s world that people are conditioned to believe.Over and over, individuals are conditioned to believe that college education is the only way for them to attain success. However, there are some who want to express their talent through pursuing art or attending trade school instead of traditional four-year institutions. People believe in order to be accepted in society or successful, they have to fit this specific mold. By attempting to fit into this mold, individuals are deterred from being who they truly wish to be. This, however, is just one of the few things that people today are conditioned to believe. The soul is the only source of hope left, and with all the factors that can cause individuals to lose their souls, which is why it is important
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