In his novel he has a totalitarian government run by 12 world controllers where the citizens are conditioned from birth to believe that their sole purpose in life is to produce and consume for the better of society. Each of the major characters reflect one of the flaws that Huxley witnessed around him. One of his protagonists, Bernard, reflects those who change themselves to fit in with society. Bernard Marx is self aware of his differences (not wanting to take drugs, not participating in meaningless sex), yet when he gets a taste of popularity he represses the differences that made him an individual. Lenina Crowne reflects the weakness in character of women in Huxley’s era, he was criticizing the frailty of women. Through Mustapha Mond, Huxley criticizes world leaders who abuse their influence and power.
Huxley writes with purpose and every single object in his novel reflects the flaws and imperfections he witnessed in society. He even makes direct allusions to them: Henry Ford, Ivan Pavlov, Karl Marx, and through the plethora of allusions he displays some of his influences.
In the 1910s the Model T was introduced and it is likely the greatest influence on Huxley’s novel. With the Model T, Henry Ford introduced mass production, the assembly line, the...
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...wns all property and all citizens are employed and and paid according to their abilities and needs. Essentially that is what the World State promises they are in Huxley’s society, but fail for they decide who is important and who isn’t through their selective breeding and conditioning.
Additionally, scientific events that might have influenced Huxley was the Eugenics Movement. The Eugenics movements was a way to have only humans with desirable traits reproduce, so that their offspring would have better traits until eventually making perfect humans (Congdon). It promoted those with these desirable traits to go and out into the world and reproduce as many times as possible, while sterilizing, sometimes forcing sterilization, of those who they deemed inferior (Congdon).
Similarly, a social event that might have influenced Huxley was the creation of the American Dream
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