Imagine a life of luxury and happiness. Sounds like a dream . . . but what if it was reality. Aldous Huxley's novel Brave New World explains how society turns into a dystopian future. He shows a world where humans are developed and controlled in means of stability. Aldous Huxley was raised in a family well-known for their intellectual and scientific achievements (Magill 952
-956). Therefore, he became a genius and even a prodigy for being brilliant and creative (Napierkowski and Stanley 32-34). He grew up to be a famous author, making science fiction and futuristic novels. After learning about Aldous Huxley and examining the influences around him, there are three prominent similarities between his life and the book. Hallucinogenic drugs, tragic world events, and new technology are just a few relationships included in Brave New World.
Traveling and learning about different religions played a major part in Huxley's life and novels (Napierkowski and Stanley 32-34). The most influential religions to his life were Hinduism and Buddhism. These two religions taught him the connection between the mind, body and soul. Inspired by these teachings, Huxley wanted to see if he could get a closer sense of self and be more introspective, so to enhance the world experience he took hallucinogenic drugs (Rollyson 468-470). Another type of drug called soma was used in the novel Brave New World as a mood-stabilizer. In Hindu sacrificial ceremonies, a similar hallucinogenic drink inspired the name “soma” (Hochman 65). This fact relates to ceremonies in the novel where soma is passed around a table while phrases are spoken about Ford in a scripture like manner.
Ford is a real person, but he is also a character in the book. Aldous Huxley wrote the novel Brave New World during the existence of Henry Ford, the creator of the Model T automobile and assembly line. It also includes him in the story as the God-like figure and time period "After Ford" in the novel. Aldous even used the innovation of the assembly line as a mass production of human development in the future (Huxley). This was not the only current event that he added into the book. Through out the years Huxley was writing, the world was being impacted by the Great Depression and the stock market crash. All around there was poverty, fear, and sorrow. Aldous shows the opposite; a life of stability where no one worries about money and people can have all the luxuries they want (Napierkowski and Stanley 62). Although these events negatively impacted Huxley’s view of the world, he managed to use them as inspiration for the novel.
During Huxley’s life, society’s values started to change. In the 1920 generation, citizens questioned the attitude of social classes and embraced free love (Napierkowski and Stanley 63). They felt like rebelling against the ordinary values. Taking a look into the novel, the characters are pushed to have free love by the Controllers ever since a young age (Huxley). Going back into Huxley’s...