Brave New World
Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is a fictitious story about a future
utopian society where people are mass-produced in laboratories. People have
no emotions in this world where drugs and promiscuous sex are greatly
encouraged. People are given labels according to their pre-natal intelligence
assignment. These different classes all have specific roles within society and
nobody is unhappy with their place. The Brave New World he was a fictitious
story that sets up a symbolic mirror to our world that shows the reader what our
world is slowly evolving to.
As young children, the utopians are conditioned to practice certain rituals,
to later benefit society as a whole through the stability that these practices bring.
One of the acts that the children are taught to do is begin to experiment sexually
at a very young age. This will prevent sexual anxiety in their adult years. Sexual
play is greatly encouraged to the point that a special time is set for children to
experience an erotic play. “In the garden it was playtime. Naked in the warm
June sunshine, six or seven hundred little boys and girls were running” (Huxley
30). As they grow older, sexual promiscuity becomes a requirement among the
adults. In order for them to keep a stable society, the utopians cannot risk strong
emotions among its people, if it is allowed people will be preoccupied with
emotion thus leading to under production. The attitudes of the utopians support
ideas of no monogamy. As one character said, “You ought to be careful. It’s such
horribly bad form to go on and on like this with one man” (Huxley 41). Huxley
commented on his story’s relevance to the current time (Huxley’s book was
published in 1932), with respect to the sexual attitudes of the people of the
Brave New World. He said, “Nor does the sexual promiscuity of Brave New
World seem so very distant. There are already certain American cities in which
the number of divorces is equal to the number of marriages” (Huxley forward).
Huxley is saying that although our society would like to think that it is sexually
stable, there is a lack of monogamy among the general population.
Another aspect of the Brave New World culture that is symbolically similar
to our own culture, is the very distinct caste system. People of the Brave New
World are “born” with a specified intelligence level. This level of superiority (or
inferiority) is group into different castes. For example, Alphas are the smart
superior individuals, where as the Gammas are among the lower castes that are
mass-produced to be almost identical. This is their way of classifying people
according to each individual's biological makeup. Huxley comments on the biological caste system in his forward, “the equivalents of... the scientific caste system [of the Brave New World] are probably not more than three or four generations away.”...