Theme Of Freedom In Brave New World

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Freedom is an idea that can be identified and interpreted in a variety of ways. It can be thought of as equality or the simple ability to roam freely. In the grand scheme of things, however, freedom is the idea that anyone can live without doubt that no force is holding them back in any way, shape, or form. In some cases, the idea that people are free can be manipulated, as their perception of freedom may change to suit the likes of others with the ability of manipulation. In the novel, Brave New World, Aldous Huxley explores the concept of freedom and how people can be misled into believing they are free using certain tactics. These tactics include the use of technology to breach true emotions and feelings, the abolishment of truth, and the limitation of the use of literature. The most obvious and prevalent tactic the totalitarian World State uses into tricking its citizens that they are free is the use of technology to bypass normal human emotions and feelings. It all starts off with the caste system, and its ability to make humans think differently about others who would be in the various levels of the system. For example, the first taste of how the system can manipulate its subjects is exemplified when a young Beta recites these words: “‘Alpha children wear grey. They work much harder than we do, because they 're so frightfully clever. I 'm really awfully glad I 'm a Beta, because I don 't work so hard…’” (Huxley, 22). Thus, all humans think they have an
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