Soma Brave New World Analysis

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In a perfect society drugs would not be used to keep people happy. However, in Brave New World the drug ‘’Soma’’ is used so that the people of the world state do not reach any point of dissatisfaction. Soma is meant for a euphoric trip away from the harsh society in Brave New World; just as well as the present day drugs that is used for a mental leave that is lead to substance abuse. People of Brave New World use Soma so there is no feel angry or sad feeling. "Our world is not the same as Othello's world. You can't make flivvers without steel-and you can't make tragedies without social instability. The world's stable now. People are happy; they get what they want, and they never want what they can't get...And if anything should go wrong, there's soma. Which you go and chuck out of the window in the name of liberty, Mr. Savage. Liberty! Expecting Deltas to know what liberty is! And now expecting them to understand Othello! My good boy! Of course [Othello is better than those feelies]. But that's the price we have to pay for stability. You've got to choose between happiness and what people used to call high art." World Controller Mustapha Mond, Chapter 16, (Huxley 224) Any kind of negative feeling they think is coming gets blocked by their high.
In present day, there are a lot of drugs people use in order to escape this cruel world. Molly, a new popular drug is meant for serotonin to be released to feel euphoria. Molly is known as ‘’the happy molecule.’’ Molly is a psychedelic drug compared to LSD. Doctors say

Balitsky 2 there is no medical use to make this drug appropriat...

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... Balitsky 4 but would be socially harmless. There, you can relate to Soma in Brave New World. In Brave New World Soma and Alcohol are in its purest form in the savage reservation. In Brave New
World you won’t find any illegal drugs because the government uses their control through the drug abuse.
In Brave New World this society goes completely against our own. Huxley creates a controlling drug environment where it is necessary to be monitored, artificial and controlled in order to be ‘’normal.’’ Huxley is trying to depict the differences between to fantasies of a utopian society. Both societies, our society and world state both use drugs to reach the desirable feeling of happiness. It is a shame that people feel the need to take in things that ruin your body just for a short euphoria.
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