Honors British Literature 11
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
New World is possible is the increase in using drugs as an alternative to dealing with harsh realities of the world. Brave New World is possible in the future by many ways.
Brave New World is possible by the existence of economic classes, or, in other words, social classes/ castes. The social classes used in today's real world are categorized by how much money one makes. Some of the social classes include underclass, working poor class, working class, lower middle class, upper middle class, and upper class. In the book Brave New World, there are five types of classes or castes: Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons.. There are the “upper castes” which are the Alphas and Betas (there is not much difference between the two), and then there are the “lower castes” which are the Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons. Aldous
Huxley, the author of this book, states, “… where the Alphas and Betas remained until definitely bottled; while the Gammas, Deltas and Epsilons were brought out again, after only thirtysix hours, to undergo Bokanovsky’s Process” (Huxley 6). There are differences between the classes.
One of those differences is that the Alphas and Betas were conditioned differently while they were in their tube than the Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons were. Also, the Alphas and Betas are tall and beautiful individuals, while the Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons are shorter and uglier in appearance. Therefore, Huxley is implying that even today there is a caste system based on race and economics and there is a chance that there will be a caste system in the future, though it might be similar to something like cloning.
The increase towards materialistic pleasure, such as sex, at the cost of other values, such as love and family relationships, is another way Brave New World is possible in the future. This is possible in the future because it is already starting to happen. People are having sex for pleasure, not caring how that might affect them, their partner, and both of their families and friends. In Brave New World, people are doing the “orgy porgy” with multiple people, which some of the people in the real world are doing for fun, also. Many do not realize the importance of family and friends in their lives and do these kinds of things and, later on, regret their decision. The only difference in the book is that nobody regrets what they do because that is what they were taught to do: to relieve their stress with others. In Brave New World, Lenina, a character in the book, states, “ ‘ Every one works for everyone else. We can’t do without any one. Even Epsilons are useful. We couldn’t do without Epsilons. Everyone works for everyone else. we can’t do without anyone … ’ ” (Huxley 74). Sex is a way of materialistic pleasure that is increasing which is why Brave New World is possible.
The increase in druguse as an alternative to facing harsh realities of the world is another way Brave New World is possible. The drug that is used in the book is soma. Mustapha Mond, a character in the book, says, “ ‘ Euphoric, narcotic, pleasantly hallucinant” (Huxley 53). He is describing soma. In