An Analysis Of Huxley's "Brave New World" And How Realistic Such A Society Could Form With Such An Expansion Of Government.

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Human corruption often breeds negligible outcome. Few models reveal this better than Aldous Huxley's literary revelation of a Brave New World where technology and the allowance of vice supersede human concerns. The novel startlingly begins in the year 632 a.f. (after Ford), and slowly a world where the human race trades in perpetual bondage for base pleasures takes shape. However, within this world where government operation is the only operation, emerges John the Savage, the lone hope of humanity against the seemingly impregnable influence of the World State in power. The Savage foils every small aspect of the enthralled world; he serves as the unadulterated missing link for the human race to discover its shortfalls and overcome its own vice in order to oppose the World State, which conditions humans into servitude with the offering of giving into desires. The Savage, a rugged man with a small ruffian band battling the world superpower, offers glimpses of the potential of humanity to overcome its bondage, but the overwhelming resistance to reforming their lifestyles and utilizing free will, all essential qualities in separating mankind from beast, reveals that human desire more than anything else holds the potential to flood the world in servitude. As the society of the brave new world proves, the allotment of human vice without repercussion overpowers benign moral values.The lack of humanity and any semblance of emotion exploits a society's brute apathy for the past world where pleasure had to be earned. Huxley's objective narration creates an overwhelmingly cold and emotionless society. Frederik Pohl remarks on this choice, and, analyzing the psychology of the novel, declares the "familiarity breeds numbness" (348). Huxley avoids the practically-expected convention that a novel pack a huge deal of emotion, and by challenging this convention, Huxley keeps the reader fully attuned to his work rather than numb to an overused style of writing. Thomas Clareson notes that the Brave New World's author skillfully avoids realistic plot and action within the dystopian world, so all the emotion falls on the reader experiencing catharsis rather than the characters. An actual example of objectivity occurs when the characters Lenina and Bernard speak openly to one another about the shortfalls of their society, but rather than connecting on an emotional level and discovering a solution for the ills of the world, they merely objectively states their thoughts, and at the conclusion of the conversation, their date continues as if nothing had impeded on their night (Huxley 91). Furthermore, conditioning tightens the populace into a spending bondage of individual unimportance and uniformity. The contemporary free world sustains a mass of individuals with unique thoughts, in contrast with the "world of cloned people and mass-produced minds" which readers experience in the Brave New World (Pohl 397). In the Western world where individuality and liberty define every...

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