Huxley: Family Life Is Very Much Feared Within The Utopian Society

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Within one of his most controversial yet compelling literary works, Aldous Huxley never fails to create a masterpiece of interwoven plots, characters, philosophies, and dilemmas faced by the citizens of the supposed Utopia. Upon first glance, the reader is entirely mesmerized by Huxley’s extraordinary ability to construct a world unlike any other; a world complete with fully complacent citizens, political stability, and even an organized system of social class. However, as the reader progresses further into the book, they are at once shocked by the misconception that the citizens live in a perfect world. Shortly, one realizes that while though there are many aspects of the citizens’ lives which make it seem as though it were an unblemished paradise, many consequences lie deep and hidden beneath this surreal layer of an idealistic lifestyle. Despite the supposed success achieved by the government in actively controlling and regulating the lives of its citizens, overtime the reader detects the presence of the fear of certain ideologies by the government. Not surprisingly, it is mainly the totalitarian system of government which leads eventually to its fear of two major intellectual concepts; human love and family life. The fear of these common values within our modern lives stems from the concern that a political upheaval or fluctuation in the society’s political stability may occur.
Throughout Huxley’s piece, many examples of this fear are present. As evident on page 46, in the fourth paragraph, Huxley writes,
”’He’s so ugly!’ said Fanny.
‘But I rather like his looks.’
‘And then so small.’ Fanny made a grimace; smallness was so horribly and typically low-caste.
‘I think that’s rather sweet,’ said Lenina. ‘One feels one would like to pet him. You know. Like a cat.’
Fanny was shocked. ‘They say somebody made a mistake when he was still in the bottle—thought he was a Gamma and put alcohol into his blood-surrogate. That’s why he’s so stunted.’
‘What nonsense!’ Lenina was indignant (Huxley 46). “
In the excerpt above, one notices immediately the fact that the government wishes its citizens to lead lives of everlasting promiscuity. Lenina, one of the main characters of Brave New World, goes against the government’s ideals and chooses to blatantly ignore them by romantically pursuing her love interest for a longer period of time than she is allowed to. The government’s seizure of many customary citizens’ rights is mainly because of the fact that it fears any political unrest within its society. The Utopian government is fully aware of the fact that, when introduced to society, human love tends to give way to sentimental feelings, and more...

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