26 May 2015
MidPoint Essay It is hard to imagine something so close to us is the possibility of a world of perfection where there is no room for individuality but, as we attempt towards the growth of technology and improvement of our daily living we come closer to closing the gap between the freedom of emotions, self understanding, and of speech and the devastation of a dystopia. A Utopia, or perfect world, gone wrong is displayed in Aldous Huxley's twisted novel
Brave New World
Dystopia is drawn on "political and emotional events, anchoring its foreshadow of a frightening future in contemporary fears of totalitarian ideology and uncontrolled advances in technology and science" ( Baker 22 ). It is the situation that costs a piece of an unhealthy environment for human beings, is the theme of the novel.
The dystopian setting is brought about by technology and by higher people. As technology increases, the use for human beings in the work force decreases leaving a huge amount of depression among humans. Therefore, a way to continue the production of technological findings is by bringing up humans from day one to accept their depression as normal. By "breeding" human beings to accept the fact that they are born to a specific group.
Higher authorities know that the robbing of humans emotions is useful to stabilize what they think to be a utopian society. Huxley portrays a "perfect dystopia" where scientists "breed people to order" in a specific group or class if you will. ( Baker 2 ).
One of the main characters of the novel named Bernard Marx, who went to the Director of Hatchery to ask for permission to go to the Savage Reservation, something that very few
people had the chance to do. While in the office waiting to get his permit initialed the Director begins speaking of the past and how he had once been in the Savage Reservation with his girlfriend. This happens to be something that greatly shocks Bernard. As high authority, the
Director is not supposed to have such emotions where he draws on memories. History in the new world is forbidden. Books were items that were greatly censored by the controllers of the world. The Director speaks of events of his past that affected him greatly. He spoke of the girlfriend he had taken and how she had disappeared as he slept one night. To this day, the
Director explained to Bernard, he still had dreams about those days about twenty five years before. Marx felt extremely uncomfortable because "a man so conventional, so close to correct as the Directorand to commit to a great mistake! It made him want to hide his face, to run out of the room" ( Huxley 112 ). The Director definitely had a way of showing how much of a dystopian world these people lived in. Even as authority, he was not able to fight back his emotions.This man was different from others in the society just as Bernard was. He knew that the conditioning passed on to the people was only good for those who choose not to see how they truly felt. Huxley used the Director wisely making the point that it is impossible to live in a world where emotions are to be trapped in side of a person. His view comes across as one that we must pay a price to keep