Social Classes in Society

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In Brave New World the people are completely controlled by the World state by being forced to resist thought in favor of numbing pleasure. The individual is not even aware of their own subjugation for they are taught to be perfectly happy always through drug use and sleep teaching. Only the alphas and betas are allowed to be grown the normal way; that is being made from one ovary and sperm so that they may become intelligent and be taught accordingly. The betas are also taught but are more interchangeable than the alphas as they are still included in the replication process that creates up to 96 pairs of identical clones. The Gammas, Deltas, Epsilons are basically slaves made to do menial labor that they are conditioned to only be able to do. When the lower castes gather around the same place it’s like a horrible parade of sameness. They go to work and are surrounded by people that are exactly alike themselves in every way. The people all look the same – men and women including the children. The world described in Brave new world may not be so farfetched: it is happening and has been happening since people realized they needed organization and stability to live in a single area. In most cultures, there is some sort of dress code that promotes uniformity like men must wear pants in western European countries and women can’t wear pants. Cultures like ancient Egypt had a distinct caste system as well: First there is the pharaoh, then vizier, high priests or nobles, doctors or engineers, scribes, craftsmen, soldiers or farmers, tomb builders. They had a highly centralized government controlled by a line of hereditary rulers who commanded armies, religious ceremonies, and were the anthropomorphic representation of the god... ... middle of paper ... of church government. Finally there is the priest who serves in an individual church to speak with the followers. In summary, the similarities between the imagined classifications of people in brave new world to the realities are startling. The lower classes are always treated as commodities in slave holder societies and will continue to do so however it is allowed whether it’s minimum wage earners, indentured servants, household slaves or 20th century factory workers. Works Cited “Isolation, Poverty, Disease and Destitution: Native Americans and First Nations in the United States” […] Walking Upright Citizen’s Brigade 02-21-12, 12:45 PM Web. 02-27-14 Axner, Marya. “How oppression affects society.” Community Toolbox University of Kansas. n.d. Web. 02-26-14. “Dawes Act (1887)”. The People’s Vote, n.d. Web. 03-07-14
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