Brave new world is a story that will give you a version of the future of our world beyond the average human imagination. The novel “Brave New World” can be shortly summarized into this, humans are not born anymore, instead the embryos are manufactured by machines and conditioned in ways so certain classes of people are almost exactly the same. Media in Brave New World is a very prominent substance that has a very large amount of influence on the “civilized” people. One of the most important forms of “media” used in the novel is a drug/chemical called soma.
The citizens are conditioned from birth to be pleased with their social standing and occupations. If, however, there is some discomfort they can simply take a gram of soma, a perfected drug. It is not only offered to anyone to elevate his or her mood, but refusal is highly discouraged. This is seen in the quote, “ “ (pg. ) Besides soma, the children of this fictional work are taught to engage in erotic play; thus encouraging promiscuity.
The people are being denied personal freedom and true happiness in their lives. By avoiding the underlying truth in their lives with the consumption of Soma. The citizens can 't gain any scientific or realistic truth, and the “Brave New World” society destroys all truths such as friendship and love. The truth related to human relationships and emotions such as love, sadness, compassion, and sympathy are some of those truths. Normally, people feel these emotions, and it is what identifies us as humans.
The soma, most importantly, distracts the citizens from all the horrible actions of their society. The citizens, by having such a easy-access to it, become “enslaved” by this narcotic. They simply rely on this empty happiness to cure any feeling of sadness. All the perversions and immoral actions have become unnoticed and “cured” by the principal of soma. This relates to things today; pleasures can lead to immoral actions.
Soma is a drug that produces artificial happiness and keeps you at a perfect equilibrium between happiness and sadness. This also symbolizes control but in a different way. They’re trying to control the society so that there is no displeasure, there is no conflict. Soma also symbolizes money in the real world. Money is a lot like soma in a lot of ways it can give you temporary artificial happiness but is not there as a permanent, rock solid source of happiness.
“Brave New World”, written by Aldus Huxley, is a utopian novel. In the novel, World Controllers are like God, who control the world and they stabilized the society through a creation of a five-tiered system. Alphas and Betas are the upper class in the system, which act as the scientists, politicians, and any other high ranked noble. While Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons are the lower classes, represent the world's labor working classes. There is a magical drug called soma, it could remove people’s feeling, and no one would feel pain or have negative emotions, and all the members of the caste system received a portion of drug.
54) Soma, was the drug of choice in Huxley’s novel. This drug seemed to have all of the same effects as antidepressants do in our society. Soma even gave people the false idea that one pill, would cure all negativity in their lives. However if we re-read the quote at the beginning of this paragraph, we come to realize the drug doesn’t physically take the problems away, it only gives a false sense of happiness and security for the time being. In the novel there are some instances that occur when characters become extremely unhappy, vunerable, and even suicidal.
Throughout the novel, hypnopaedia and the use of soma are shown to be the main components to the society’s lack of individual identity. Soma, a drug sponsored by the government, is used by the citizens of the World State in order to suppress any emotions which make them feel somewhat uncomfortable. The use of soma leads to a society which lacks any understanding of real emotion, an important piece to the formation of an identity. While soma by itself is destructive, the effects of hypnopaedia are comparable to a “...liquid sealing wax, drops that adhere, incrust, incorporate themselves with what they fall on, till finally the rock is one scarlet blob” (Huxley 28). Hypnopaedia is a process which is used throughout childhood to result in adults that have the exact views the World Controllers want the citizens of particular castes to have.
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.
In the novel everyone is constantly high on the drug soma and is always happy. Nowadays people are using drugs more than in the past. Another thing is that people are becoming more ignorant towards things around them. For example global warming is something that is very important to recognize but most people would rather not focus on it because it is such as hard task to handle. This is similar to the way that the people of the World State live, because they live in complete ignorance to everything bad in the world, such as illness and old
She took as much as twenty grammes a day” (Huxley 143). The truth is that not everybody is happy, but in order to control the masses and escape this hard truth, drugs are distributed and consumed. The fact that drugs are a distraction is not a secret, so instead of solving the issues at hand it is much easier to provide distractions so people will not come to a realization and revolt or cave under the
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.