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The Destruction Of Life In Aldous Huxley's Brave New World

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Aldous Huxley’s compelling futuristic novel, Brave New World, takes place in an elaborately constructed society whose citizens have their intellect highly conditioned from birth to be entirely “jolly” [as stated in the text] throughout life merely through superficial fulfillment that the government is able to provide. However, the perpetually gleeful yet blind citizens are stripped of their dignity, compassion, values and morals-ultimately losing their human emotions without the realization that they’ve lost such an important aspect in life. When problems arise, the drug soma is a quick ‘solution’ to the distress it brings. An outcast to the new society, Bernard Marx struggles through his life, seeking to understand why his peer’s,…show more content…
The novel states how the Savage weeps uncontrollably at the realization his mother has passed, and the nurse in the presence of this is absolutely disgusted and appalled by the slight scene he was causing. She remarked that he was indecent for doing such a thing as crying over someone. This text substantiates that when the mother of the Savage passes, his intuitive reaction is unreservedly repulsive to the strictly-conditioned nurse, as he shows solicitude for another being. The nurse in Brave New World silently comments, “this disgusting outcry-as though death were something terrible, as though any one mattered as much as all that! It might give them [children going through conditioning process] the most disastrous ideas about the subject, might upset them into reacting the entirely wrong way.”According to Huxley’s expressive text, conditioned citizens are so indefinitely invested in the hollow happiness the government supply’s, they lose appreciation, respect, sympathy, attachment and compassion for others. Thus, due to the ultimately reconstructed mindset of society, human lives no longer have purpose or significance, and because the constantly happy society is causing this, it is definite that life isn’t supposed to be incessantly
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