Consumerism In Brave New World

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Consumer culture has taken the place of family cultures and traditions, society has placed emphasis on the pursuit of things people want but do not need. In Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World, the phrase “ending is better than mending” (Huxley 49) is mentioned throughout the novel. In this society, it was more common to buy new products instead of investing time in fixing them much like American consumer culture, when electronics become obsolete or clothes not fashionable anymore. Meanwhile skills of fixing old goods that had been passed down through generations had died down such as sewing or automotive repair and trades. In Brave New World words such as mother and father are considered “smut that is really science” (Huxley 24) since in …show more content…
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