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Control In The Brave New World

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A fundamental theme of the Brave New World is to achieve perfection through deceitful control. Technology, conditioning/predestining, and manufactured happiness are tools of control to achieve what the leaders believed to be perfect. The Director proves my point in describing the Fertilization Process, “the operation undergone voluntarily for the good of Society…” (5). Perfection in their minds is manageable conformity without opposition. Ford’s control over the society is especially insidious because the people don’t know they’re being controlled so they’re not going to fight. It’s become normalized. The actions of the leaders and Ford propose a question, “Will this end in overall ...view middle of the document...

Heat conditioning is a system that teaches the babies to love heat. The Director shows the aspect of control in his view of the system, “All conditioning aims at that [heat conditioning purpose]: making people like their unescapable social destiny” (16). As well as technological methods, conditioning and predestining can be violent/torturous. Delta babies are put into a room with flowers and books in the middle and they start crawling towards the objects but once they get close enough, “there was a violent explosion. Shriller and even shriller, a siren shrieked. Alarm bells maddeningly sounded” (21). The way of hurting babies like that, followed by an electric shock, is to make them hate flowers so that they don’t go and travel to see nature and stop working at the factories. The books were so the people wouldn’t read something about history and question the society. When the babies would sleep, recordings would be programmed in their pillows (technological control) that would teach them lessons and force opinions into their head (25). The lessons in the pillows (hypnopædia) are an example of the children being controlled to think certain things. The lessons would sometimes be about what that baby should think about other classes, helping them define their social class. Everyone being strictly conditioned and predestined into specific classes was supposed to support the perfection in the Brave New...

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