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Perfection cannot be achieved. In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World we experience what it is like to live in a utopia. In the beginning Huxley explains how people are made in a futuristic utopia and we meet the main character, Bernard Marx. Throughout the story we learn that Bernard does not fit in and is threatened to be exiled, but is saved when he brings a savage from Malpais, an unutopian city from the past. The people of London, where Bernard lives, are intrigued by how different the Savage is. The Savage is baffled by all the technology in the brave new world. The use of soma, the conditioning, and daily life in Brave New World’s utopian society are examples of a technological influence.
In Brave New World, as drug called soma affects every day life as a citizen. The drug makes you happy instantly. But Bernard does not take any soma “and in spite of his misery absolutely refused to take the half-gramme raspberry sundae which she pressed upon him ‘I’d rather be myself,’ he said. ‘ Myself and nasty. Not somebody else, however jolly. ’A gramme in time saves nine,’ said Lenina, producing a bright treasure of sleep-taught wisdom.”(89). By refusing to take soma, Bernard stays true to himself. He is miserable because he does not fit in because of his stature and refusal to be medicated and happy. The society in Brave New World revolves around the fact that everyone is happy. The sleep teachings make it so that they feel it is right to always be happy and take soma, not for personal benefit but for the benefit of society. Without soma, some people in the society fell abandoned and depressed. When Bernard and Lenina visit the reservation Lenina forgot her soma “She felt in her pocket for her soma-only to discover that, by some unprecedented oversight, she had left the bottle down at the rest house. Bernard’s pockets were also empty. Lenina was left to face the horrors of Malpais unaided.”(111). Without her soma Lenina had to be unhappy in a place that scared her because it was so different form where she lived. Soma has a big impact on the lives of the people. Lenina feels helpless without her soma. Without soma, the people of the World-State would never fell happy. The Epsilons would not want to do the jobs that the Alphas are too qualified to do. The lower castes would revolt against the government of world controllers. The conditioning helps keep the citizens of the World State under control.
The World State uses conditioning to keep the citizens under the control of the World Controllers. Conditioning starts as a baby “Books and loud noises, flowers and electric shocks- already in the infant mind these couples were compromisingly linked; and after two hundred repetitions of the same or a similar lesson would be wedded indissolubly. What man has joined nature is powerless to put asunder.”(21-22).The nurses are training the babies to hate books and flowers. The babies are Delta and are one of the lower castes. They are using technology to condition...

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