Analysis Of Aldous Huxley 's Brave New World

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In character analysis, one may often ask what is the effects of nature vs. nurture? However, this question does not provide many concrete answers. In regards to the literary work, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, this question becomes even more perplexing, as the “modern” society lacks many aspects of the natural world and relies on conditioning rather than nurturing.For all intents and purposes, the citizens of what John dubs “‘[the] brave new world’” are little more than infants or pre programmed dolls, carrying out the orders and beliefs that have been instilled in them since birth (141). Perhaps the most interesting case of character comes from John himself, who grew up in a society whose beliefs lie far outside of those of the modern society, yet remained ostracized from it due to his parental connection to said modern world. Alienated by two distinctly diverse cultures, John becomes an amalgamation of paradoxical beliefs and opposing convictions created by deeply seated cultural and societal expectations of man, nature, sexuality, and god that shape him into a complexly interesting character who attempts to shake the foundations of the society he’s found thrust upon him. From the onset of the novel, Huxley builds his novel to be a satirical reflection of humanity’s need for a contemporary lifestyle as well as the dangers of a society that remains unchanging in the face of advancement. These contradictory traits are characterized in the modern Ford Society and the Indian Reservation, respectively, the reservation as diverse as the Ford Society is conforming. Yet for all its diversity, the Reservation is ostracizing to the young John, whose genes were fathered by the Ford Society, strikingly different in appearance despite ... ... middle of paper ... ...wo separate entities of vastly opposing ideologies that were never meant to coexist. Despite his moral strengths, had ability to remain positive at his childhood motherland, the Indian Reservation, despite his ostracization the views of the Ford Society are too counteractive to his own. Long gone from the Ford Society are the morals and ideologies he hold of monogamy, religion, and the arts as he is forced to come to turn with the fact he does not fit in either civilization, be it due inpart to his looks or his moral character. It is through John that Huxley offers a social commentary on the different paths of humanity, one caught in the past and traditions and one caught in an excess of human advancement, as perhaps the only way to see the true faults of either side is through one whose natural character lies in both worlds, but remains unable to live amongst either.
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