Theme Of Technology In Brave New World

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Cyarah Stine
Mr. Brown
English 12 Per.3

Into the Brave New World
In the novel, Brave New World, Aldous Huxley wrote about his idea of a futuristic, manmade society. This future world is not one of a hopeful, or a perfect utopia; the opposite is true in this novel. It becomes clear early in this story that the created society is a disturbing dystopia where, technological advancement controls the citizens and strips them of their individuality. This future world focuses on the entire collective civilization whose importance is that of economy, industry and improving technology these are the things that society feels will make them happy. The individual has no place in the Brave New World, a world where science is used to enslave humans and
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Huxley begins the book by describing a cold and mechanical hatchery center where humans are made in test tubes in almost a robotic fashion in the civilized society of London. All of the humans in society are conditioned as children to act and behave uniformly, according to their social class; Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas and Epsilons. The government controls the citizens by keeping them happy on the surface encouraging the use of drugs and distracts them by nurturing a consumer culture. "Call it the fault of civilization. God isn 't compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness. You must make your choice. Our civilization has chosen machinery and medicine and happiness. That 's why I have to keep these books locked up in the safe." (p. 234). Humans are programmed to accept society’s rules without question or individual thought. In doing so they take away freedoms, such as the freedom to think for…show more content…
Soma is one of the tools the government uses to control its people, it is a technologically generated drug used to sedate and calm the citizens. Soma is a very significant symbol throughout the novel; it represents religion in today’s society. Soma is a way for the society to cope with their lives. Throughout the story people partake of soma to stay in a state of “euphoric, narcotic, pleasantly hallucinate” (Huxley 53). “There 's always soma to calm your anger, to reconcile you to your enemies, to make you patient and long-suffering. In the past you could only accomplish these things by making a great effort and after years of hard moral training. Now, you swallow two or three half-gramme tablets, and there you are. Anybody can be virtuous now. You can carry at least half your morality about in a bottle. Christianity without tears-that 's what soma is” (Huxley 238). Huxley also uses Henry Ford and the Model-T as significant symbols throughout the book. Ford represents a father figure of mass production to the World State since he was the inventor of the Model-T and created the idea of the assembly line-similar to the hatchery. Ford is so significant to society, they base their time period after the invention of the Model-T. Another important symbol is that of Shakespeare. Shakespeare represents all the noble aspects of being human, emotions, passion and
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