Cast in the shadows of Orwell’s Nineteen-Eighty-Four, Huxley’s Brave New World is seen as another tale of a dystopian that is a fictional representation of where our current false idealism is tending to strive towards. Even after it’s print in 1932, it was a representation of what he sought the world could possibly become prior to WWII, and thus the influences of dictatorship and autocracy from Stalin, Mussolini, Churchill, Hitler, and Truman and how they conducted their business in a perplexed world shaded in colours of grim societal deprival- to which Orwell took into consideration in his novel.
Huxley said “The future dictatorship of my imaginary world was a good deal less brutal than the future dictatorship so brilliantly portrayed by Orwell.”
The time Brave New World was written, people were, somewhat, disliked the fact that a possible dystopia was being created in their own eyes. After WWI and climbing out of the Great Depression,I believed citizens were lead astray towards thinking that the arisal of another war was seldom as the world they lived in was pure ecstasy that sought no boundaries.
For this reason, the attack on the vast contradictions that surrounded Aldous Huxley’s person were subject in due with his novel. Being born in the ‘Elite’ society, his father was one of the co-founders of evolution, whilst his families heritage included famous poets, writers, and scientists. His ancestry brought down on him a weight of intellectual authority and a momentum of moral obligations and, to come out and discuss the elite’s intricate deprivals subjected by the ‘lower’ classes and subjectively disorienting the methodology of life claimed to be hypocritical.
Aside from critics views of hypocrisy, they also deemed his book unsuitable since the concept of atomic energy was never mentioned in the novel. Huxley stated that it was an ‘inexcusable action’, however he focuses on the advancements of psychology, chemistry, and biology regarding human conditioning. Perhaps atomic energy could curtail the plot in the novel, or open up a discussion of atomic importance… It doesn’t matter to me. Anyway, the modern triumphs of science are taken for granted.
Aside from negative critics, this is my favorite dystopian novel. It provides a world immersed with pleasantries that creates comfort and yet, disgust. I sometimes caught myself wanted to become part of the Utopia painted, where the pleasantries of life are unlimited, where blind innocence is the priority of the supervisors, to which the people are unaware of as they consume soma and are driven towards the loving ecstasy of a care-free orgy indulging life. Orgy Porgy.
And yet, the dim portions of the novel carefully opens up, similar to the reader being placed in a dark void of happiness, while progressively, a small aperture of light continues to expand underneath us, unveiling the unpleasantries that surround the world he created- to which can correlate into the world we live in. Alphas, Betas, Gammas, and Epislons, all the classes of the idealized Utopia, each one being more than a system of structure, but a system of racial dividers that is no more different from the present.
Also, his use of characters is intricate, to say the least. You come across the first ‘protagonist’ Bernard Marx, and venture with him through the daily accounts of his life as an Alpha. He is the outcast of the group, he believes his life is meaningless, he wants more from the blind innocence that surrounds his sight, he wishes to live a bare fruitful human existence.
To which is molded in our second protagonist, The Savage. As a boy he grew up into a group called The Savages, which is an indigenous tribe living in a national reserve in New Mexico. They are tribal people, to which the ‘advanced’ communities seek to understand and scrutinize. Bernard takes a trip there with main character Lenina (a Beta who is a prime example of blind innocence from the society) to which they meet the rather unordinary character.
From then on it’s a tale from which conflicting worlds collide, and stationed in the middle are these three characters as Huxley manipulates and tests whilst unveiling the dystopia at hand, to which many elements provide a metaphor and foreshadowing of the current and future generation societies.
I could ramble on about the insurmountable elements that are presided by the book, so I will list them:
Overpopulation, Reorganization, Brainwashing, Psychological Techniques – Salesmanship to Hypnopaedia (sleep teaching), Social Conditioning – With and Without Drug Use, Alcohol Use, Societal Ignorance, Consumerism, Propaganda – Subconscious Persuasion, Dictatorship, Elite Manifestation of Power, Religion, Dismissal of Nature, and Education
One if not all these criteria are relevant today, even in the context to which the book uses them.
I honor this book, it is the foreseeing of Huxley to which our world is enveloped in today. Whether it be the sub-conscious conditioning of our children, the psychotherapy of the ‘diluted’, or the abstinence of change, the problems of the future can be dimly represented in the timeless book written seventy years ago. Seventy years ago! Even in the midst of the current dispensable society constructs, so long as we are subverted and isolated I see no way to direct ourselves away from a possible future that Huxley created. However, it doesn’t help to try.