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The Use Of Distortion In Brave "New World" By Aldous Huxley

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Aldous Huxley, in his distopian novel,- Brave New World , written in 1932 presents ahorrifying view of a possible future in which society has become a prisoner of the verytechnology it hoped would save us. In -Brave New World Huxley's distortion oftechnology, religion, and family values, is much more effective than his use of literaryrealism found in his depiction of a savage reservation. Through his use of distortionHuxley tells a classic tale with the theme of, be careful what you wish for, because it maynot truly be what you wanted.Huxley effectively uses distortion in -Brave New World through his depiction ofsocial values of the future. For example, when Barnard Marx hears somebody talkingabout Lenina in the locker room, he becomes upset. Leaving the building, everyone hepasses recommends soma for his bad mood. Huxley shows the reader that drug use isbecoming more and more an acceptable way out for a weak society. He is showingsociety that we are becoming emotionally incapable of dealing with pain and hurt.Furthermore, the students, while speaking with the director of the London Hatchery, aretold at one time people were viviparous, and were disgusted and outraged. Huxley istrying to warn society that its lack of commitment and endurance will eventually be itsdownfall. Lack of the experience of pregnancy severs the emotional ties of the womanand her child. An emotionless society feels no guilt. In addition, Lenina, when accusedof lack of promiscuity by Fanny while in the locker room, religiously denies it.Monogamy requires commitment, pain, and work. Huxley is predicting humansprogressing to a society of people who are unable to focus on anything but pleasure;unable to handle the work of a commitment. He knew the road we were on would leadthe wrong way.Huxley also uses distortion to open peoples eyes to the world of religion. For example,Bernard Marx hurries and frets about being late to his orgy-porgy session because he isrunning behind. Huxley's prediction of the church moving away from God and towardsman is becoming evident even sixty-three years after his book...

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