Morals of Then and Now Brave New World, a novel written by Aldous Huxley, displays a society where pain and suffering are all but abolished, where pleasure is everlasting, and where the world is absorbed in stability and order. The novel portrays a futuristic society where individualism is sacrificed for the community, all history and arts are forbidden and where science and cloning is used to control inhabitants. In the World State, humans are genetically engineered to fit certain social classes. Promiscuity is key to life inside the World State and the drug soma. As life continues in the World State, so does life on the outside. John, the Savage, is introduced into the novel and reveals the reality of life outside of the World State. By noticing the vast difference between the World State and the Reservation where the savages are, readers can infer that life in futuristic societies differ in morals and opinions. Although the morals of the World State and the Reservation are very different, both resemble parts of modern day societies. Even though religion, sex, and drugs have different morals in different time periods, there are distinct differences between Brave New World morals and the ones of modern day that give warning that today’s society may be heading towards Brave New World’s. No matter how old one is, where they come from, or what they believe in, everyone has different opinions of sex. Aldous Huxley writes, “After all, every one belongs to every one else” (31). Huxley reveals that in Brave New World, the World State makes every inhabitant aware that they share themselves with everyone else. People in the World State cannot have individualism because they are conditioned into being one with every person in the society. By sharing themselves intimately, the world leaders believe that the society will be more of a community. Hebrews 13:4 states, “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.” In the Bible, sex is described as an immoral subject, unless done in monogamy. In Brave New World however, having sex outside of marriage is as simple and as frequent as breathing. In fact, the World State does not suggest monogamy because being intimate with only one person and not the whole society will simply disrupt the conduct and social standing of the society. International Business Times reports, “Forty-one percent of teenage girls and 31 percent of teenage boys reported not having sex because doing so would be against religion or morals.” Although International Business Times posted an article on teenagers saying no to sex in 2001, modern day lives with the same morals. Even though not every person is disregarding and saying no to sex, there are people out in the world who are having sex, whether they are being monogamous or not. The fact is, is that modern day society is becoming similar to the sex morals of those of the World State. Although people may have “not found the right person,” societies both in Brave New World and modern day are getting close to becoming the same standards and morals for sex (International Business Times). One can determine that sex in today’s world is similar to those of the World State, to an extent. Even Aldous Huxley, the author of Brave New World had his fair share of affairs when he was married. Although he had many affairs, he “shar[ed] the same lover, the novelist Mary Hutchinson” (Brian Murray 35). By Huxley having numerous affairs, life in modern day and life in the World State can be seen as similar when it comes to sex, but only to an extent. Modern day is a time period where people live knowing that there is a God, which is completely the opposite thought of what people in Brave New World believe. Huxley writes, “Well, he manifests himself as an absence; as though he weren’t there at all” (237). Huxley expresses that all the people within the World State are absentminded about God…
lived. Aldous Huxley captures the essence of this time in his novel Brave New World. In Brave New World, Aldous Huxley reveals that when governments abuse their power it will lead to a society’s demise through symbolism, foreshadowing, and imagery.
Aldous Huxley was born on July 26, 1894 in Godalming, Surrey. Aldous was the third son of writer Leonard Huxley and the grandson of famous zoologist. He studied English literature at Ballial College in Oxford and later graduated in 1916. Huxley finished…
Aldous Huxley's Brave New World portrays a world in which pain and suffering have been all but eliminated, where pleasure is perpetual, and where society is immersed in stability. In a world such as this, the novel argues, there is no need for God and religion. God is simply a response to human suffering, and since there is no suffering in the novel, not even in death, God ceases to be useful. Modern society reflects a trend somewhat similar; as science has progressed and suffering and inconveniences…
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May 14, 2013
Brave New World by Aldus Huxley opens up in 632 A.F.- this is seven centuries after the 20th century. At this point in time, they went by the caste system. The caste system was divided by different groups of people or castes. Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas and Epsilons. Alphas and betas were as the top of the caste system, they were known as the leaders or thinkers, like scientists or politicians. The gammas, deltas, and epsilons were at the bottom…
Brave New World
In Brave New World by Aldous Huxley who gives his vision of the future. Huxley gives examples that there will be just one drug that will cure everything. Huxley’s prediction for the future is that people will rely on medication to release their pain and sadness. Huxley’s prediction for the future is absolutely true. Over time doctors discovered more than just one type of drug that will help people with their emotions. In today’s world people use drugs and pills to escape any kind…
Brave New World
In Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Huxley chose John to lean on two religions to show that John is a complex character by how conflicted he is. Shakespeare was John’s reading material to show the significance of literature from the past and John went to a lighthouse because the lighthouse represented his purification from the repulsive morals of the society.
John himself stated that God is "a reason for self-denial.” Basically, John believed in the soul. He was concerned with…
23 September 2014
Is Brave New World Possible?
The book, Brave New World, is possible in the future because it consists of the events
that are taking place today in our world. One way Brave New World is possible is by the
existence of economic classes with a widening gap in their economic conditions and social gaps.
Another way Brave New World is possible is by the increase towards materialistic pleasure,
particularly more approach towards sex, at the cost of other values. Also, another way Brave
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Brave New World
Brave New World idolizes the perfect future. This utopia seems infallible, but the pieces do not fit together. In this world, people take the easy way out, avoiding pain, and have a way of thinking that is not compatible with human nature. Life, altogether, has no meaning. There is nothing worth living for; no family, loved ones, or even God. Is this…
Aldous Huxley and George Orwell both wrote about how they envisioned the future of the American society. Aldous Huxley introduced the idea that a society could become so obsessed with one aspect of life that its people would conclude to question or think. Each writer gave comparably alarming views of their prediction of the future but Huxley's theory, compared to Orwell's, is much more compatible to American society today.
As much as we don't realize it, American's life resolves around multiple…
Brave New World DIDLS
Brave New World,
written by Aldous Huxley, is about a futuristic society where people
are stripped away of their individually and fixed into different social classes. Despite the
constant conditioning, there are details that prove that the people in this society are still in touch
with human conditions, such as curiosity, happiness and isolation.
The people do not learn more than they are taught, and are taught to not seek new
information. Despite this,…