Literature – as any bookworm will say – is not simply the art of writing. Literature is the Rembrandt of storytelling, the Einstein of language and the Clint Eastwood of action. Literature is not simply a story: literature is a great story. One of the most potent traits of great literature is applicability to the life of the reader. This quality is what sets Brave New World¬ by Aldus Huxley apart from many others: applicability to human society – in the past, the present and the future. A great writer may write the perfect story, exhibiting pristine grammar, vocabulary and writing mechanics, however that story may not be literature. The title “literature” is awarded only to a select few stories, one of which is Brave New World by Aldus Huxley. The ingenious omniscient, neutral narrator allows the reader a view from each character’s perspective. Huxley’s ingenious command of the English language and futuristic insight make Brave New World a true piece of literature.
In Brave New World¬ Huxley uses the dystopic society to show many dysfunctions and hypocrisies present within every era from the 1930’s to the present. The use of genetic engineering, the social class system and the religious system in Brave New World¬ reflect many issues in today’s society – eighty years after Brave New World was first published. Huxley’s predictions about the future, and how modern society can learn from Huxley’s eighty-year-old visions in the novel Brave New World by Aldus Huxley is a contributing factor why Brave New World is a masterpiece of literature.
In recent years man’s knowledge of the biological processes of life has grown at a staggering rate. In 1856 an Austrain monk and scientist, Gregor Mendel, became enthralled with the new study of genetic inheritance. Mendel noticed interbreeding of plants of the same species but with different characteristics often resulted in hybrid offspring. This observation led a set of experiments, which would become the foundation for what became known as Mendelian genetics, a theory which allowed the inherited traits of offspring to be predicted (Parent). The next breakthrough in genetics would not come until 1953, when cartographers James Watson and Francis Crick published their three dimensional model of the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid, also known as DNA (History). This model would allow for the later study and practice of genetic engineering. The following advancements genetics would allow for manipulation of genetic code to generate specific amino acids in the body. Amino acids are the building blocks of life, and they are naturally formed into amino acid chains, folded into proteins and expressed through the body. By manipulating the genetic code, scientists can control the number and type of enzymes and proteins in the body (Parent).
In Brave New World Huxley has created his own counterparts to modern genetic engineering decades before they became reality. Upon opening the book the reader is promptly...