Aldous Huxley’s Warning to America

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A dystopia- “an imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression, or terror” (Dystopia). Aldous Huxley demonstrates just that in his book Brave New World. In Brave New World Huxley creates a perfectly stable society through using clones. This society achieved this stability through the administering and conditioning of the brain. Huxley an extreme humanist feared this future society because of the work of other extremist with theories that could not be proven (Chunk) Sigmund Freud known as he father of psychoanalysis, was a physiologist, medical doctor, and influential thinker of the early twentieth century” (Thornton), he came up with many strange ideas about the human brain that many psychologist struggled to come to acceptance with, but these theories made him an acclaimed psychologist. His ideas could not be scientifically proven by any means, but that did not matter to the public. They exalted Freud and everything he stood for. Huxley saw how Freud’s discoveries left everybody in apprehension, and that intimidated him, Huxley saw how effortlessly people could be manipulated by one person who had no tangible scientific evidence to back his philosphy up. The gullibility of Huxley’s society not only scared him, but it petrified him. In Brave New World Huxley uses an innumerous amount of Freud’s concepts to show America the consequences of being so easily deceived. In the book Huxley used Ford as a god like figure they would say “our Ford” in place of saying “our Lord” but at times Huxley would perspicaciously change Ford’s name to Freud thus saying “our Freud.” This minor component often ends up getting discounted by the reader because Freud’s name never explicitly gets m... ... middle of paper ... ...ave-new-world/>. "Dystopia - Definition of Dystopia by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia."Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Thesaurus - The Free Dictionary. Web. 08 Mar. 2011. . Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. New York: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2006. Print "Id, Ego, Superego, and the Unconscious in Psychology 101 at AllPsychOnline." Psychology Classroom at AllPsych Online. 21 Mar. 2004. Web. 22 Feb. 2011. . "John the Savage in Brave New World." Shmoop: Study Guides & Teacher Resources. Web. 08 Mar. 2011. . Thornton, Stephen. "Freud, Sigmund [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]." Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 16 Apr. 2001. Web. 08 Mar. 2011. .
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