Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” highlights the theme of society and individualism. Huxley uses the future world and its inhabitants to represents conflict of how the replacement of stability in place of individualism produces adverse side effects. Each society has individuals ranging from various jobs and occupations and diverse personalities and thoughts. Every member contributes to society in his or her own way. However, when people’s individuality is repressed, the whole concept of humanity is destroyed. In Huxley’s “Brave New World”, the concept of individualism is lost through hyperbolized physical and physiological training, the artificial birth and caste system, and the censorship of religion and literature by a suppressing government.

The government in the future world uses various techniques to make sure the citizens of the World State are kept in check and conformed. Each citizen is imprisoned within his or her own mind, through the use of several psychological and physical devices. They are conditioned to act a certain way or have certain thoughts and ideas. People who fail to fall in line are deported to far away locations. Before the artificial birth of each child, it has already undergone its conditioning to make sure it conforms. The director of hatcheries and conditioning states, “All conditioning aims at that: making people like their inescapable destiny”(Huxley 87-8). People’s minds are programmed to love their assigned jobs and lifestyles. Even after birth they continue to follow the motto of the World State: “Community, Identity, Stability”(21). This motto is extremely ironic having the words identity and stability in it as the World State has sacrificed identity for stability. Shock thera...

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...ressed through various techniques in the World State. The citizens unknowingly conform and are prisoners of their own minds, trapped inside by regulation and control from the government. Massive batches of clones are effortlessly artificially birthed, all requiring the same drugs and proxies to survive. Even clothing is regulated making it impossible to distinguish between individuals, only the castes they are placed in. Censorship of the World State places the iron curtain between individuality and conformity by essentially erasing all expression or free thought. Society is truly blinded by its own ego, as the system created is not a society, but mindless followers of a tyrannical government. In the midst of all of the disillusionment created by the façade of social stability, there is no way for individualism or freedom to prevail in the Brave New World.
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