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Huxley’s Traps Are Not A Mystery Anymore: Living In A Brave New World

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As in Huxley’s A Brave New World, nowadays people’s relationships are undermined and degraded by the economic system. To illustrate the above mentioned, the following three examples will be explained along this essay: in the present, people are more concerned with working and earning money than sharing their time with other people; the dominant economic system stands for competition, which is reflected in social relationships; and the fact that interpersonal relationships are more unsteady as people tend to change friends, social group, and even their partners from romantic relationships as if they were products.
Regarding the first case, it is clear than in our modern societies people’s ...view middle of the document...

In relation to the second point above mentioned, which affirms that the economic system encourages people to compete when working, it can be said that workers are always trying to perform and complete their tasks better than others. Furthermore, it has been stated that such competition is mirrored in people’s social lives as it is evident that human beings tend to think that they are better than the rest or they try to position themselves in a better place within the social scheme. Unfortunately, such extension of the desire to compete to spheres of life that once, in the past, were so sacred and important changes the motivations for people to create bonds among them. Chiefly, these ties are still established but with utilitarian purposes in several cases. In Huxley’s piece of work there is a ‘sexual race’ among the characters; the characters seek to have sexual encounters with several different mates as if promiscuity were the mean to get a final prize. In fact, this represents a place in people’s private lives that used to be, indeed, private but it is not anymore. Thus, the system itself allows people to transpose what was part of the private domain to the public in order to give people more space to compete. Similarly, the characters from the novel are systematically repeated since their very childhood that some of them are better than others: “Alpha children wear grey. They work much harder than we do, because they’re so frightfully clever. I’m really awfully glad I’m a Beta, because I don’t work so hard. And then we are much better than the Gammas and Deltas. Gammas are stupid” (Huxley, p.21). As it can be appreciated, both competition and the sense of superiority occupy a high hierarchical position for A Brave New World citizens and for the system but not the longing for true friendship which they not even know. In brief, Huxley predicted in a more extreme manner that society would get to a stage in which competition will extend to all the layers of...

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