Mr. B. Eisenberger
April 16 2018
Brave New World
In this novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, he shows that it is better to be free than safe. Can we relate to what Aldous Huxley is trying to prove in today’s society? They stay in a state of being happy by taking a drug called soma so they don’t experience sadness, misery and depression. It’s better to be free so they can make their own choices. What Aldous Huxley is trying to prove and how similar it is to the real world (today’s society)
They stay in a state of being happy by taking a drug called soma so they don’t experience sadness, misery and depression. They are being controlled by taking soma to be happy and safe which means they are not free. If they don’t take soma they will experience unhappiness but they are not controlled so therefore they will be free. “Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand” (Huxley).
It’s better to be free than to be safe so they can make their own choices, their own decisions. By being safe they are being forced to have kids, have sex, do drugs and decide who their partner is. So they are not free to make their own choices. If they don’t take soma, they will be free to make their own choices. The World State holds the citizens captive of their most fundamental rights to freedom through soma, the media and hypnopedia where John, free from society’s captivities, has complete control over himself and his mind. The citizens of the world state are enslaves by their ruler, they are devoid of emotions, all emotions except for that of happiness. They lack the state of consciousness needed to make their own decisions and that, in turn, creates a society that is solely governed by one process of thought. The world state uses soma to control the emotions of the citizens in order to create and maintain stability in the world.
What is Aldous Huxley trying to prove and how it is similar to the real world (today’s society). Aldous Huxley is trying to prove to the readers that humans are easily controllable and they won’t even know it. By the use of technology to control society, Brave New World notifies of the risks of giving the government control over new and powerful technologies. One illustration of this theme is the severe control of reproduction through technological and medical intervention, including the surgical removal of ovaries. Another is the making of difficult entertainment machines that generate both harmless freedom and the high levels of consumption and production that are the foundation of the world state’s stability. Soma is a third case of the kind of medical, biological, and psychological technologies that Brave New World analyses most harshly.