Brave New World Aldous Huxley’s novel “Brave New World,” uses irony and symbolism to portray his message. “Brave New World” is a story written about a futuristic society saturated with glamour and technology. There are no longer parents; children are conceived in labs by donated gametes and conditioned for specific physical and mental likes and dislikes depending on their class of society. Completely apart from all the classes are “savages” who live on reservations surrounded by electric fences. These “savages” have remained unchanged and follow the “old” way of life.
Huxley creates a society that seems to be a utopia to its citizens but is clearly dystopic to readers who understand the tyrannical government of World State. The purpose of Brave New World is to satirize Huxley’s society and the future if society continues it unethical behavior. Huxley hopes to make readers apprehensive of the consequences of a technologically-based society- a contemptible
By taking away any sort of effort and hardship, humans are being numbed, dumbed down and destructive. Huxley, in his novel Brave New World, sets up an entire society that relying on mass production, mass consumption, and instant gratification. This immediacy and efficiencies creates a world of mindless drone humans skating through life
Huxley was a satirical person, so the reader can connect directly with the author’s words and feelings. Things that are seen in today’s society and society during Huxley’s life are mocked in the novel. An example used throughout the book is Huxley’s new religion of the World State. Sex and religion are combined to create a new religion that does not worship God, but Ford, as in Henry Ford. Through sexual group acts, called “Orgy-Porgy,” Ford is praised.
Let’s start at once” (Huxley 141). Huxley manipulates this significant encounter to establish John’s peculiar nature and foreshadow his incompatibility with society, as seen by his incoherence to Bernard. John’s Shakespearean values shine later in the novel when Lenina desires him, but John resists, dutifully quoting, ‘If thou dost break her virgin knot before all sanctimonious ceremonies may with full and holy rite…” (Huxley 195). In Huxley’s dystopia, Shakespeare’s concepts of marriage, commitment, and restraint are obsolete, so Lenina is left frustrated and confused: “For Ford’s sake, John,” she demands, “talk sense. I can’t understand a word you say” (Huxley 195).
In Aldous Huxley’s dystopia of Brave New World, he clarifies how the government and advances in technology can easily control a society. The World State is a prime example of how societal advancements can be misused for the sake of control and pacification of individuals. Control is a main theme in Brave New World since it capitalizes on the idea of falsified happiness. Mollification strengthens Huxley’s satirical views on the needs for social order and stability. In the first line of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, we are taught the three pillars on which the novels world is allegedly built upon, “Community, Identity, Stability" (Huxley 7).
Aldous Huxley’s novel, Brave New World, brings forth countless themes that leave his readers occupied with the thought of a foreseeable utopian future. However, a topic well worth noticing is that of Huxley’s own envisions with his novel, showing how the evolvement of science and technology has affected the individual person. In the foreword to his novel, Huxley states, “The theme of Brave New World is not the advancement of science as such; it is the advancement of science as it affects individuals”. The novel Brave New World incorporates a great deal of themes and concepts within it, however, the most prevailing theme in BNW is science as it affects individuals. In BNW we see how science has truly managed to replace the traditional family
Huxley’s a Brave New World depicts the various ideas of freedom. When introducing the World State, Huxley portrays it as a utopia. To the World State, freedom is having the power to condition and to be conditioned. It is a place where mass production “keeps the wheels steadily turning” (228) and where truth and beauty have no place. In contrast to this, when Huxley introduces John he reveals a completely different portrayal of freedom.
No one is truly free, because everyone is a result of some sort of conditioning. Brave New World depicts a “perfect” society in which freedom is nonexistent, but stability and happiness are put at the forefront. Throughout the story of Brave New World, Huxley shows the audience how the new “World State” operates. Science has allowed for the creation of Hatchery and Conditioning Centres, which are able to control the entire birth process. As the babies are grow in the facility, they are conditioned for their roles in society; therefore, straight from the moment people of this society are conceived they are already being conditioned to do the roles they are assigned.