The citizens of Brave New World see the
purpose of life as just maintenance of well being, not as "some
intensification and refining of consciousness, some enlargement of
knowledge" (119) as Huxley writes.
Religion, a product of an individual's thinking of creation, is gone.
"People," Birnbaum states, "are never taught religion, and are conditioned
so they'll never be alone and think about the possibility of God " (3).
Thody states that the people of
Brave New World " are refused any opportunity to plan their own property,
change their role, rank or employment in society.
Everyone in the Brave New World is essentially parentless and as
Thody states, " the words 'mother' and 'father' have become the ultimate in
unmentionable obscenity" (49), as though those words were a link to the past
in which society is very different from its current form.
This display of warped
perspective is illustrated best by Jerome Meckier in his novel Aldous
Huxley: Satire and Structure when he writes, "If they cannot insert a square
peg into a round hole, it will redefine roundness until a perfect fit
With all of the controlling of the citizens in Brave New World, a wide
variety of means are implemented to control individuality and emotion and to
Loss of identity is in large part the result of genetic engineering.
Tampering with Mother Nature and the miracle of life ensures that early off
in life there are few, if any emotional ties.
Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World illustrates a utopian society; however, the utopia that Brave New World attempts to create is predominantly governed by technological progress.
Humans will reach an extreme unlike ever before in which we will be placed in different classes before we are even born, as illustrated in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.
Emotions are such
a personal, intimate feeling of such overwhelming individual influence it is
to no amazement that the government in Brave New World discourages these
intense human characteristics.
Emotions are thus controlled in Brave New World.
Huxley shows that the government recognizes the dangers of
negative emotions when the controller states, "Actual happiness always looks
pretty squalid in comparison with the over-compensations for misery" (150).
Once individuality and emotions have been eliminated in Brave New World, the
chain of dehumanization next enters into the field of art and personal
The lack of a cultural environment adds
to the artistic wasteland and as Watts states " tragedy does not arise form
man's situation; it once arose from the instability of a particular
situation-one that in the new society [Brave New World] has been erased"
Aldous Huxley published a dystopian book, Brave New World, in which the fictional “controllers” in the novel could easily manipulate the ignorance of people through drugs and conditioning.
In this Utopia, what would be considered true love for one person
in today's world would lead to neurotic passions and the establishment of
family life, both of which would interfere with the community and stability.
Fan states that, "In Brave New World people embrace their oppression
willingly " (1).
The period in which Brave New World was written, along with the historical and cultural conditions of the time, also had an immense affect on the work.
Huxley shows an example early in Brave New World of the method
of education as a Director of a Hatchery explains to a group of students:
Books and loud noises, flowers and
electric shocks-already in the
infant mind these couples were
compromisingly liked; and after two
hundred repetitions of the same or a
similar lesson would be wedded
The government in Brave New World understands that fact and
in the worlds of one of the ten controllers of the world states, "[there is]
no civilization without social stability.