The So-Called "Perfect World"

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When envisioning a Utopia, only the beneficial features are seen, and as a result, characterize it as a desirable place. Depending on the structure and control methods, many adverse effects to the ideal future also exist. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World serves as a satire to expose the consequences of denying human values. Dehumanization creates a society where people are unable to connect with each other emotionally, are kept from feeling unhappy, and are constantly avoiding feelings. Instead they use other pleasurable methods to compensate for the loss of emotions. In the centralized World State, restricted knowledge and perspective prevent people from threatening stability. John the Savage, a rebel Utopian not conditioned like the others, possesses increased intelligence and the insight to identify problems with the “perfect world.” Due to a strictly controlled and manipulated environment, rejecting humanism leads to a society deprived of human qualities and individualism.
A community’s success and progress depends on respecting the values and dignity of its citizens. The World State warns of “the type of Utopia that must be avoided” due to the loss of human characteristics and a disregard for the theory that “the person is important” as “a human being” (Matter 146; Barnes 146). The motto “everyone belongs to everyone else” is enforced to prevent relationships between characters which could create traditional children with human qualities (Huxley 40). In a conversation about Lenin Crowe with Bernard, an Alpha different from the rest of his class, the Assistant Predestinator is “surprised [Bernard hasn’t] had her” yet, revealing how Lenina has been sexually associated with a majority of the Hatchery (Hu...

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