Brave New World by Aldous Huxley has a similar theme as to Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell. The theme is that the government has control over their society by brainwashing them. The difference is that Nineteen Eighty-four does their brainwashing by torture and fear and Brave New World does it by making happy by letting them have whatever they want. Brainwashing is persuasion by propaganda or salesmanship (Webster). The controller does exactly that in the book. Most people would probably pick Brave New World to live in over the other novel, but digging deep into the novel we realize this world is not a good one. People might act to be happy, but that’s because the government raises them to think this way before they are even born. Our society also has a bunch of brainwashing going on by our government and companies. Even though this book was written way before our time today, the author was a good predictor to what it might become in the future. I do not think it has got to the extreme point as Brave New World though. Three areas that people are being brainwashed is in the military, advertising, and the news. Brainwashing is done throughout the book of Brave New World to control the society to believe everything is for the best.
Brave New World starts off in a factory of developing humans. The director is walking around a group of people showing them how humans are made. They have changed their society to all be born without parents. People cringe at the words mother and father. They make babies in test tubes and develop them the way they want them to be. The government, which is called the controller, does this so his society does not have any real connections with anyone. They do not want them to experience any emotion besides happiness for serving the controller by working.
They make certain groups have the same characteristics. Their five groups are Khakis, Deltas, Betas, Gammas, and Epsilons. These groups have colors they have to wear to distinguish each group. Then as each group grows up they are conditioned to like or dislike certain things. For example, the director tells one of the caregivers of the babies to bring out a bunch of eight month old Khaki children. He shows them that the controller wants them to stay close to work and not like to be on their own by shocking the babies when they start to play with book and flowers that were laid out in front of them. They have been conditioned to believe if people do not like flowers they wont wonder off beyond the workplace and their homes. They make them dislike books so they do not want to read and have thoughts about other aspects of life.
The main character is Bernard Marx. He is very different from his group of people and any of the people around him. He is not happy like the rest. He does not like taking Soma to make his thoughts disappear. He even looks different from his group. Him and his friend, Helmholz Watson, both are different and...