A "Brave New World" Perspective Analysis On The Subject Of Hedonism.

959 words - 4 pages

Imagine Brenda, a woman who will not under any circumstances trade her life in order to be conditioned, and then live as a Beta in the Brave New World (BNW), universe. If this is the case, then Brenda could not consistently accept Hedonism. This is due to the definition of Hedonism, the amount and intensity of bodily pleasure in Brave New World (BNW), and the amount and intensity of bodily pleasure here in real life.The definition of Hedonism leads one to maximize the amount of pleasure and minimize the amount of pain: The only thing intrinsically good in life is pleasure, and the only thing intrinsically bad in life is pain. Other things in life have extrinsic value - they can lead to either pain or pleasure, but do not produce the sensations by themselves. However, Hedonists are only concerned with pleasure and pain, as these are the only intrinsic values. The distinctive factor that determines a better life from a worse one, is the amount of net pleasure in one's life. The net pleasure is determined by subtracting the amount of pain in one's life from the amount of pleasure. Notice that Hedonism only determines better lives from worse ones, not good from bad. To make the distinction between good and bad is an arbitrary decision and cannot be measured through a comparable medium such as net pleasure. Quantitative Hedonism states that quantity and intensity are the only criteria that determine just how good a certain pleasure is.If all pleasures differ only in quantity and duration, then the world in BNW is a dream for hedonists. One's life in BNW is conditioned to be content and happy with one's, job, class in life, and the daily schedule of life. This schedule for one's life never changes and so delivers a maximum amount of pleasure due to being happy and content. High pleasure in BNW also comes from the open sexual relations between people. Basically, it is encouraged from childhood to have as many sex partners as possible, therefore maximizing the amount of pleasure from sex. The drug of choice in BNW is called Soma, and it delivers an amazing feeling without any hangover effect like alcohol. This drug is distributed daily at one's work to maximize one's amount of body pleasure. With all of these factors enhancing pleasure, it is also important to state that not much causes pain for one's life in BNW. There are no personal relationships to cause pain, jobs and education are given specifically for people, and life is very much planned and repetitive. This repetition is what maximizes the amount and duration of pleasure in BNW lives. In real life, there does not exist anything like the above mentioned pleasures, in either quantity or duration. Therefore, when comparing the net pleasure of a life in BNW to a real earthly life, a hedonist finds that BNW lives have a...

Find Another Essay On A "Brave New World"-perspective analysis on the subject of Hedonism.

Analysis and Critique of Brave New World

911 words - 4 pages Analysis and Critique of Brave New World The novel opens in the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre, in the years A.F., or After Ford. Ford is the God-surrogate, a corruption of the name Freud, the controversial psychosexual psychologist. The Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning is leading a tour group of young students around a lab. He explains the scientific process by which human beings are fertilized and custom-made

Brave New World: Argumentative Paragraph The people of Brave New

539 words - 2 pages Brave New World: Argumentative Paragraph The people of Brave New World are not aware of the truth, because most of the time they are on the drug soma. At a young age they are conditioned to think what the society wants them to think, resulting in a false "utopia". This is the one topic which I feel encompasses many of the major themes in this novel. There are many situations where the author, Aldous Huxley, will show the readers how

A Brave New World

1005 words - 5 pages In the beginning of the book, “A Brave New World”, I was particularly interested in the scientific aspects of the student’s tour. The idea that every aspect of a person’s life was determined before they were even born fascinated me, and urged me to keep reading. The tour took place in a hatchery where the director liked to give the tours himself. The students seemed excited but nervous to be given the tour. I thought that the author had shown

A Brave New World

916 words - 4 pages A brave new world by Aldous Huxley Title: In this novel Huxley describes a futuristic world and society so I don't think that the title needs further explanation.When: The novel takes place in the year 2495 or in other words in 632 A.D. (after the birth of the American car magnate Henry Ford in 1863) Where: Actually there is no specific location where the novel takes place. It's more a mental construction of the general situation over the entire

The Brave New World

1511 words - 6 pages – in the past, the present and the future. A great writer may write the perfect story, exhibiting pristine grammar, vocabulary and writing mechanics, however that story may not be literature. The title “literature” is awarded only to a select few stories, one of which is Brave New World by Aldus Huxley. The ingenious omniscient, neutral narrator allows the reader a view from each character’s perspective. Huxley’s ingenious command of the

A Comparative Analysis by Robot SP-88 on "Brave New World" & "We"

1610 words - 6 pages A Comparative Analysis by Robot SP-88 on "Brave New World" & "We"A utopian society can be defined as a place where everyone is happy, diseases are non-existent, and strife, anger, or sadness is unheard of. Only happiness exists. When confronted with Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and Yevgeny Zamyatin's We, one realizes that utopian societies are detrimental to individuality. The utopian societies seen in the novels depict the lost

The Brave New World

1081 words - 4 pages In the beginning of "Brave New World", the Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning (DHC) leads a group of students through the "Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre" to give them an idea of the society and how it is kept stable.The World State was created after the Nine Years War. Its motto is "Community, Identity, Stability". Ford, as the father of mass production, replaces God, and so the introduction of his first T-Model was chosen

Brave New World: Idea of the Future

1176 words - 5 pages place was named the Neo-Pavlovian Conditioning rooms (Huxley) Many technological advances made huge influences in the writing of Brave New World. Lastly, the main discovery of human engineering was inspired by Hans Spemann. In the 1930s he developed a way of manipulating a human fetus while in the womb. This caused the eugenics movement that limited child bearing. Huxley showed a way of creating multiple humans from only one embryo. In the

Brave New World: The Destruction of Family

1552 words - 6 pages Is the push for a perfect utopia enough to siphon motherhood, family, and love? As in Brave New World, Aldous Huxley illustrates the destruction of the idea of family in this ’perfect world‘. People in the world today have the ability to express love and obtain a family. Huxley explores the futuristic outlook on a world (in many ways similar to ours) that would not allow such humanistic traits. Science is so called the ’father of progress’ and

Fulfilling the Prophecy of Brave New World

918 words - 4 pages Fulfilling the Prophecy of Brave New World   "Community, Identity, Stability" is the motto of the World State in the Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, a state intent on keeping itself intact. In the stable state, the people must be happy with the status quo; they must not be able to imagine a better world, and must not think of a worse one. In the stable state, a few people must be able to cope with unexpected change, but they

Satire Writing vs. Factual Writing: A Comparison of Brave New World and All Quiet on the Western Front (Contains Bibliography)

1409 words - 6 pages only adds the vast possibilities of worlds that could exist in a reader's mind, all varying in distopic proportions.This, for me, is the edge that Brave New World has on All Quiet on the Western Front. Because realistically the trenches of the First World War are far more horrific an environment then some futuristic society, and a book that jumps from inner to outer reality effectively gives a total sense of environment. However it is the

Similar Essays

Analysis Of Brave New World

1503 words - 6 pages issue anymore.ConclusionThe futuristic view in "brave new world" shown in world state society is hard to imagine by today's people even impossible when the novel was written, a society without any love or any passion just a group of people living with artificial foods and working like robots, society where family has no meaning, but the fact that in today's U.S.A one third of children don't have any father, it might not be hard to imagine when

Analysis Of Aldous Huxley's A Brave New World

890 words - 4 pages when Helmholtz requests a "thoroughly bad climate" because he will attain a higher pleasure, creativity, while experiencing externally bad conditions. Therefore, I am under the impression that cwould reply that his story of a Brave New World was written to point out how utilitarianism can erode freedom of thought and the ability of science to discover new truths. Works Cited Rachels, James and Rachels, Stuart. The Elements of Moral Philosophy, Fifth Edition, New York: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. 2007. PP 68-88,141-159

Brave New World Analysis

888 words - 4 pages Brave New World SummaryBrave New World by Aldous Leonard Huxley is a story about a utopian place where the world is brought under one rule, the rule of the World State. In this utopia, everything is controlled.Our story begins in a hatchling, or a place where children are produced. The director of this hatchery is giving a tour to some children. Here, the director tells us how babies are born and conditioned to fit specific needs of the World

The Effects Of Technology Based On The Novel "A Brave New World" By Aldous Huxley

959 words - 4 pages and more effortless ways to create babies; and as technology continues to prosper, the new and improved ways of getting pregnant and having children begin to seem more and more like methods used in Brave New World. Another similar aspect is America's growing reliance on drugs and alcohol. We've come to have a hard time finding happiness naturally, so we've formed a very serious reliance on false happiness substitutes, which are very similar to