Emotions are such
a personal, intimate feeling of such overwhelming individual influence it is
to no amazement that the government in Brave New World discourages these
intense human characteristics.
Emotions are thus controlled in Brave New World.
Huxley shows that the government recognizes the dangers of
negative emotions when the controller states, "Actual happiness always looks
pretty squalid in comparison with the over-compensations for misery" (150).
Once individuality and emotions have been eliminated in Brave New World, the
chain of dehumanization next enters into the field of art and personal
Michael Mace in Michael Takiff, Brave Men, Gentle Heroes: American Fathers and Sons in World War II and Vietnam (New York: Morrow, 2003), p. 157, cited in Lt. Col. Gregory A. Daddis, “No Sure Victory: Measuring U.S. Army Effectiveness and Progress in the Vietnam War” (dissertation, Univ. of North Carolina, 2009), p. 310.
Nicolas Berdiaeff best states the final thought on
Utopias appear to be much easier to
realize than one formerly believed.
We currently face a question that
would otherwise fill us with
anguish: How to avoid their becoming
definitively real (inside cover
Brave New World)?
Works Cited (these were available on the author's website)
Aldous Huxley links (these were available on the author's website)
One can already see the
wasting of the individual.
The society in Brave New World does have a good side: there is no war or
suffering, little disease or social conflict.
This display of warped
perspective is illustrated best by Jerome Meckier in his novel Aldous
Huxley: Satire and Structure when he writes, "If they cannot insert a square
peg into a round hole, it will redefine roundness until a perfect fit
With all of the controlling of the citizens in Brave New World, a wide
variety of means are implemented to control individuality and emotion and to
Loss of identity is in large part the result of genetic engineering.
Tampering with Mother Nature and the miracle of life ensures that early off
in life there are few, if any emotional ties.
Thody states that the people of
Brave New World " are refused any opportunity to plan their own property,
change their role, rank or employment in society.
When i was starting to think about reviewing this book, i was happy to find that my edition (harper) had some fun peripheral information-- bio, discussion questions, history of publication-- and the. Against this backdrop, a young man known as john the savage is brought to london from the remote desert of new mexico. However, ultimately, john challenges the basic premise of this society in an act that threatens and fascinates its citizens. Just loved the world it portrayed at the time given my wild days at that time.
Everyone in the Brave New World is essentially parentless and as
Thody states, " the words 'mother' and 'father' have become the ultimate in
unmentionable obscenity" (49), as though those words were a link to the past
in which society is very different from its current form.
The citizens of Brave New World see the
purpose of life as just maintenance of well being, not as "some
intensification and refining of consciousness, some enlargement of
knowledge" (119) as Huxley writes.
Religion, a product of an individual's thinking of creation, is gone.
"People," Birnbaum states, "are never taught religion, and are conditioned
so they'll never be alone and think about the possibility of God " (3).
In this Utopia, what would be considered true love for one person
in today's world would lead to neurotic passions and the establishment of
family life, both of which would interfere with the community and stability.
Fan states that, "In Brave New World people embrace their oppression
willingly " (1).
The lack of a cultural environment adds
to the artistic wasteland and as Watts states " tragedy does not arise form
man's situation; it once arose from the instability of a particular
situation-one that in the new society [Brave New World] has been erased"
Huxley shows an example early in Brave New World of the method
of education as a Director of a Hatchery explains to a group of students:
Books and loud noises, flowers and
electric shocks-already in the
infant mind these couples were
compromisingly liked; and after two
hundred repetitions of the same or a
similar lesson would be wedded
The government in Brave New World understands that fact and
in the worlds of one of the ten controllers of the world states, "[there is]
no civilization without social stability.