The Government’s Control in A Brave New World
A Brave New World is a seemingly prolific novel written by Aldous Huxley. The books starts off with a cloning center, which is where all people are created. All people are made to do a certain job. Their life is put into a predetermined slot into society. The amount of brain power the people have to use is limited, and breaks the people into castes. The people are to a point of not being mentally challenged for their job, and therefore making them contempt to stay doing what they do. The people of this world are given the information the government wants them to think in their sleep. They will keep to what they are taught to think unless something uncommon happens. Conditioning can only keep their mind to the government’s will if the people never run into anything contradicting to what they are taught to believe. Soma is a drug that keeps the people in a basic state of happiness. It is the back up people use when they are in a state of confusion. If anything comes along and does not go along with the beliefs that the population is taught, than they can just take soma and forget about it. Conditioning, cloning, and soma are some of the biggest forms of control the government uses to keep the population under their reign.
Conditioning is a very complex idea consistently mentioned throughout the book. Conditioning is consistently used to keep the population thinking what the government wants to think. The government controls the person after being cloned until they are at an age in which they can fulfill the job they were made to do. The masses of people are indoctrinated, and since the usage of books is limited to the higher castes of society (Alphas and Betas), so there is very little that can break the conditioning that they have received (Woodcock 1). Not only this, but they lower castes are swayed from book by electric shock from an early age. This conditioning is not only used against against reading books, but from developing emotions on any person. This is why the government has loveless se to keep the people in a mindless state of euphoria, and to keep and easily obtainable happiness in their head. This keeps them from loving any single person, since love can sway their conditioning (Kass 2). Not only this is what is taught, but the old the ugly and the useless are to be forgotten, since they are of no use to society. The governments spends its time getting rid of feelings, which are a huge impact on the effectiveness of emotions. Keeping a person from breaking conditioning is the key to keeping the population under their control.
The conditioning is not always foolproof, especially on the upper castes with help from books being able to break conditioning. The Alphas and Betas have higher brain power and have to consistently use judgment throughout their time on the job. The knowledge and access to books is higher than the lower classes, so their ability to break out of their...