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Conspriracy Theory In Aldous Huxley´S Brave New World

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Conspiracy theories are brought about when people believe that there is something being covered up that could influence their lives or the lives of the human race. However, most people don’t believe in a ‘conspiracy theory’ because in our culture, we believe in the freedom of information. We are aware of what is happening around us and, although we very indirectly control what is happening, we do have the intelligence and freedom to react to the event. In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, the World State doesn’t allow this freedom of information and suppresses anything that would make humans more aware of their pre-determined lives. Huxley portrays soma, alcohol in blood surrogates, and the suppression of old texts in an ironic tone to support the theme of the deterioration of human awareness in Brave New World.
Humans seem to be obsessed with finding a certain substance to rely on for a better life. In almost every culture on the planet, such substances have been imagined, like the glorious ambrosia of the ancient Greek gods, the forbidden fruit by which Eve was tempted, or, in the World State, the censoring soma. Soma ‘enhanced’ the lives of the people of the World State by allowing them to ignore reality, suppress negative emotions, and amplify positive feelings, but through the consumption of soma, the citizens also censored themselves to the full awareness of their monotonous lives and hopeless state. Lenina, a character noted for her continuous use of soma, visits a reservation where soma is not used. After seeing humans experience ‘real emotions’ that were not under the influence of the drug, she, “...felt herself entitled, after that day of queerness and horror, to a complete and absolute holiday.” (Huxley, pg. 149) The world ‘holiday’ evokes a festive connotation, saying that while she was on the Savage Reservation, she had to take a ‘holiday’ from her ‘holiday’. In doing so, she ignores the reality of the situation at the Savage Reservation and becomes completely enveloped by the void soma produces. It is especially ironic that she goes on a ‘soma-holiday’ in the mid-way through what should have been her actual holiday, her vacation. Lenina can not understand the culture of the Savage Reservation while under the influence of soma. Soma was also used to subdue negative feelings. For example, when Bernard became jealous of the friendship John and Helmholtz were making he became, “...ashamed of his jealousy and alternately made efforts of will and took soma to keep himself from feeling it.” (Huxley, pg. 187) The irony is in the fact that one would have expected the soma to work, but unfortunately for Bernard, “The odious sentiment kept on returning.” (Huxley, pg. 187) By taking soma, Bernard tries to ignore his hopelessly jealous state. Bernard take soma to amplify his happiness as well. After his refusing to take soma during his date with Lenina, Bernard eventually gives in when “Half an hour later they were back in his room. Bernard...

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