The book opens on the factory floor of the reproduction plant. What do they make here? Humans. Here in this muti-level factories people are made, not just the bodies but the minds too. In this “Brave New World” Aldous Huxley created babies are decanted not born. The cast system is no longer a frame of mind it is the devilment, mass cloning and use of chemicals to mutate or under develop embryos was used to create classes of people that could be called less human. As you travel up in this factory you see the training that children are put through so they will never question their place in society. Infants made for the lower classes are electrocuted when they move towards books or flowers because “You couldn’t have the lower cast wasting the communities time over books,” (Find and finish quote) Then moving up there are hallways full of dormitories and there peacefully sleeping are children of every age and cast and in the back ground is the soft murmur of a voice repeating every lesson of society. Never be unhappy simply use soma “A gram in better than a dam.” Cast discrimination “I’m so glad I not a gama.” Economic use “More stiches, less riches.”(55) And social behaviors like promiscuity and birth control. The ‘controllers’ of this world made the people that made up the world.
Huxley lived from 1894 to 1963 and A Brave New World was published in 1958. Through that time the culture of western society changed greatly, the world went from a Victorian era in which a woman showing her ankles or man in shirt sleeves was highly immodest to an era in which women walking around in bikini’s and men trouncing around in just their trousers was perfectly expectable. Sexuality went from a personal matter only discussed between family members of the same gender, to a social topic expounded upon in public with friends. The thoughts about God and religion changed radically with the introduction and establishment of evolution in the scientific and then educational fields.
4. What is the significance of soma?
Soma is the recreational drug of Huxley’s world it is used for “soma holidays,” the get out of jail free card for every unpleasant situation. Soma creates lethargy while giving the person a pleasant sensation to remember. However soma is not a drugs that is sold in back alleys or hidden street corners, it is a government distributed bandage for all the discontents of life. “A gram is better than a dam,” “You look glum you need a gram of soma,” these are mantras taught by government in sleep teaching to forever influence the thoughts, and subsequently the actions of the population at large.
Unlike most of our modern day drugs soma has no ill effect it is said to have “All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol without the ill effects.” This drug was used to ignore all of the bad feeling of a person life it did not matter whether or not the negative feelings were justified they left unresolved as the person took soma holiday.
Huxley was trying to...