Aveneu Park, Starling, Australia

Community, this world, an individual exists only

Community, Identity, Stability. The true motto of the world state. The truth is the quality or state of being true but is sometimes its hidden by the distractions of technology. In the novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, the world state roles all with their advancement in technology, it is used to control everyone and manipulate them in determining the lifestyle of an individual from their appearance to their overall happiness. In this world, an individual exists only for the benefit of the state and is hidden from their true potential in life by technology. By examining the characters in the novel it is evident that most believe happiness is more important than the truth and that technology is used to control society.When The Brave New World begins, it is evident that it is the most advanced society ever created from there use of technology. They are so advanced that they create their own population. Every citizen is raised in a test tube and the government supervises the entire process controlling every stage of their development. This process takes place in a thirty-fourth story building called Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Center where they can create ninety-six identical humans from one egg. During this time their lives are already predetermined using the ranks of Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon witch determinands their occupation. This process is very organized and thought out showing that they have been doing this for a very long time which means that people are okay with their lives being controlled and determined by the state.Another product created by the government to control people is the soma drug, a drug popularly used in the brave new world which is supplied in a great amount to the people in the community for free. A soma drug is a strong tool used for controlling its population. It sedates, calms, and distracts its users from realizing that there’s actually something wrong and that citizens of the World State are enslaved. The soma drug is very well-liked mostly because it makes experience a sense of belonging and hides the truth of what is happening to you and around you. Another positive effect it has on the user is that you never feel guilty or face your genuine problems under the influence of this drug. During the novel, it is shown that characters would rather live in a counterfeit world than face their problems. “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…. She was left to face the horrors of malpais unaided.” (Huxley 95-96). When Lenina visited the reservation and saw how normal people lived and instantaneously went for the soma drug that she holds in her pocket but then soon realizes she has left it back at her house. At the London Hatchery, there is a conditioning room where newborns are brought and laid out in front of books and flowers. Then once a baby goes near the books or the flowers they are shocked. They do this so over time the babies will instinctively learn to dislike books and nature of any kind. These babies are code-named “Delta”. Delta is one of the lower classes in society, who will then perform non-intellectual jobs, such as factory work and mining. The condition all of the classes this way, according to their role in the community. This type of writing is also shown in the novel  Healing the Unimaginable: Treating Ritual Abuse and Mind Control “government groups wanting to create mind-controlled spies used … electroshock, torture, and complex technology.” (Miller, 17)Linda is a character who resides on the reservation, yet is not originally from the reservation. She was part of an exploration with the director of the London Hatchery. On the last day of their trip, Linda was on a walk up a mountain and fell into a nearby reign where two hunters from the reservation found her and brought her back to the reservation. The next morning, when the director awoke, he realized she was missing. On their search, she was never found. At this moment, she was pregnant with a boy named John. From her shock of not being able to consume soma, she instead would frequently get intoxicated and have intercourse with the village men. Once Linda returns to the brave new world, she instantaneously takes soma to rid of the pain from leaving on the reservation and having a son. She then overdosed on soma causing her to go into a coma and then die. In the brave new world culture in society is prohibited, like Shakespeare. The world state believes society needs people to want new things. They believe you can’t read or write tragedies without social instability. In the brave new world, instability does not exist due to the soma drug and the predetermining of lives. “Because our world is not the same … The world’s stable now. People are happy; they get what they want, and they never want what they can’t get. They’re well off; they’re safe; they’re never ill; they’re not afraid of death; … And if anything should go wrong, there’s soma.” He Mustapha Mond laughed.  (Huxley, 193-194)Mustapha Mond believes that old things are unneeded. He constantly would argue that the world state has no use for old things and believe that the beauty of history attracts repercussion. They do not want people to be attracted by old things, they want people to be curious to see new things. And that removing historical things like Shakespeare is the price we have to pay for stability.Community, Identity, Stability. The true motto of the world state. The world state roles all with their advancement in technology. In this world, technology has a stronghold on the community and blocks them from their true potential in life. By examining the characters in this novel it has become evident that most believe happiness is more important than the truth and that technology is used to control society.


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