The Perfect Society In Aldous Huxley's Brave New World

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A world with universal happiness, no worries, no competition, and no jealousy. Sounds great, right? In Brave New World, Aldous Huxley seems to portray the perfect community,however, it is actually one with fundamental flaws. Huxley expresses that removing conflict from a society will not help with its overall problems. Therefore, civilization today would appall Huxley due to how humans display a blurred image of themselves to others. Since Aldous Huxley goes to extremes to characterize how technology and advanced science can influence behavior, the audience may infer that he would express concern and disappointment at our modern society’s obsession with achieving perfection, which is supported by the capable technology of today.
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Their community also uses very strict censorship to restrict people’s emotions and understandings. The world’s increased censorship, such as blocking internet searches and certain books, would appall Huxley because he believes in individuals forming their own opinions in order to contribute to society in their own unique ways. In Brave New World, the World State bans well known works such as Othello and Romeo and Juliet due to the mental capacity of their citizens. The controllers decided to ban these books because they “...haven’t any use for old things ... and [they] don’t want people to be attracted by old things. [They] want them to like the new ones” (225). Mustapha Mond and John connect due to their experience with books such as Othello and John soon realizes that he has all of the banned books in his possession. John asks him why these works aren’t available to everyone, and Mond explains that they sacrifice these because it is “...the price [they] have to pay for stability” (226). Also, the controllers decided to completely rid their population of religion and God because “...[God] displays himself in different ways to different men” (240). They thought religion would increase tensions along with the opinions of their citizens. Mond describes to John that God is “an absence; as though he weren’t there at all” (240). He believes since God is not…show more content…
Huxley would view humans as selfish due to their incapability to sacrifice anything for anyone else except themselves. To gain the perfect society in Brave New World, have to sacrifice freedoms to gain stability for their community as a whole. Likewise, the strength of the nation was based on the overall agreements of the citizens living in it, and the World State has achieved it. The controllers created things such as soma and feelies if anything ever went wrong with a certain individual. This could be becoming aware of how they were being manipulated, refusing to take the required medicine, or starting to form their own ideas about how the community should be run. They did not want to tamper with humankind because “...the world was stable now. People are happy; they get what they want, and they never want what they can’t get. they’re well off; they’re safe…” (226). The society has chosen to sacrifice “high art” for stability instead of allowing true happiness (226). Lastly, Mond tells John that the journey to universal happiness “...[is] never grand,” and the y encountered many struggles along the way (227). He also states that their journey to freedom wasn’t nearly as triumphant as other communities. Today, humans are trained to be selfish in nature and tend to subconsciously be self oriented.

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