The Role of Government and Technology in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World

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Merriam Webster’s definition of satire is a type of literary work used to ridicule human vices and follies. This type of work is presented in Aldous Huxley’s, Brave New World, when criticizing the power and control of the World State through the use of advanced technology towards the members of the World State. Throughout the novel the World State is portrayed as a totalitarian government controlling every aspect of its citizens lives. This controlling is made possible through all the advanced technology available within the World State. Set hundreds of years after Henry Ford, the renowned auto maker, the government’s technology is highly advanced, a folly Huxley is trying to expose in order to prevent a technological takeover in the life of people in the real world. Conditioning is one technological method used by the government in order to establish individuals to participate in a variety of tasks. Also entertainment is another factor used by theWorld State to keep power. Censorship is also illustrated in the novel presenting the governments ability to control, what is released in the World State.

From the beginning of the novel technology has been a focal point. Brave New World is first set at the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre. This center is where all the humans are being produced and conditioned. Conditioning a method used to influence ones mind with a variety of different values and morals, predestines these new beings into five different classes Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon. As written in Huxley’s Brave New World “All conditioning aims at that making people like their unescapable social destiny.” (16) This quote signifies that each group is designed by the World State to hav...

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...ey’s novel consumerism is a large part of life in the life of the members of the World State people are encouraged to buy old stuff and get rid of new stuff. These people of society conform to the consumer aspects of ociety. Members of this society were born as consumers. A popular motto is “Ending is better then mending” (Huxley, 52) implying that it is encouraged to buy new stuff rather to keep old stuff. This idealogy implores the need for censorship. This is proven when John the Savage asks Mustapha Mond one of the World Controllers why Shakespeare is not part of the World State and Mond responded “we don’t want people to be attracted by old things. We want them to like new ones” and having censored Shakespeare this supports this cause.

Works Cited

Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. New York: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2006. Print.

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