The main theme throughout Brave New World is the incompatibility between happiness and truth. While truth is never explicitly defined, it may be represented through emotions, obstacles, sciences, religion, the past, art, or anything that may cause turmoil in a human’s mind, causing them to think freely. For example, truth could be considered obstacles because as Mustapha Mond proclaims, “people are happy; they get what they want, and they never want what they can’t get” (Huxley 149). In this ideal society, people are conditioned to want only tangible items that are readily available to them, as opposed to being unsatisfied with things that are out of their reach. If obstacles existed, complete happiness would be impossible. Truth could also be human emotions because in the novel, humans are “blissfully ignorant of passion and old age; they’re plagued with no mothers or fathers; they’ve got no wives, or children, or lovers to feel strongly about” making the emotional battle that humans often deal with obsolete (Huxley 149). Without obst...
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...ms with addiction and depression, whereas the use of somas has no repercussions.
Whether denial of the truth is a proper path to happiness or not, Brave New World uses the theme throughout the novel to justify removal of seemingly unpleasant or convoluting obstacles, emotions, science, arts, and the past for the blissfully ignorant happiness that plagues the characters. According to Huxley’s utopian society, happiness and truth cannot coexist. Therefore by removing the truth, complete happiness will reign over society whether society members like it or not. Removal of confusing emotions and convoluting facts seems like a small price to pay for happiness, but characters in Brave New World may not know the difference between happiness and stupidity.
Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. New York: Harper and Row Publishers Inc, 1969. Print.
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