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Brave New World: The Destruction Of Family

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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 yet the development of Fordism and the evolution of artificial fertilization deteriorates the social value of science. Brave New World offers incites on an innovative world trying and, even more frightening, succeeding to create a utopia while destroying family and erasing the humanity in people.
Humanity is the qualities or characteristics that, considered as a whole, to be characteristic of human beings. Qualities like love, marriage, commitment, and family. One of Huxley’s characters, John, tries to point out these characteristics to Helmholtz, a man who has been taught the beliefs of the World State, but utterly fails. Helmholtz only laughs at the ’ridiculous’ ideas of love, marriage, and parents as John recites a serious passage from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to him (Huxley 184-187). Helmholtz finds humor in these new ideas that he has never learned about before. This obliviousness to traits that make people human is the attitude of the whole society in Brave New World, and because of this viewpoint, leaders of the World State have no moral regret manufacturing humans their number one priority.
Brave New World shows a society main purpose is to increase the population of the world while brainwashing these people to believe that family is insignificant and, therefore, rendered redundant. Aldous Huxley shows his readers the knowledge that people of this world have of families. “’Try to imagine what living with one’s family meant’ They tried; but obviously without the smallest success ‘And do you know what a home was?’ They shook their heads” (Huxley 36). ‘Living with one’s family‘, and ‘home’ are concepts that have been lost in the minds of this new world. Ideas like these are ways of life in the world today, and thought as aspects of being human. Politics of Huxley’s world have basically eliminated key facets that reduce people to rapidly reproducing mice.
Sex has been reduced to a common action with no social bindings and it is not a gesture of showing love for someone else as people think of it today. When will today’s society be consumed with only the physical aspect of sex? With all of the premarital sex and the age of becoming sexually active decreasing every generation, it leaves a question to be answered; where did the value of love and responsibility of partnership go? Monogamy, in “Brave New World“, is unheard of and taboo to everyone except those who see how powerful love is. The connection that unites people is reduced to a competition to see how many times people have it rather...

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