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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Brave New World By Aldous Huxley Theme:The loss of ones individualitydoes not create a perfectly stable world Theme:Happiness does not always equal freedom In Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" the government controls your future while you are still in the embryo.They decide what job you will work, your IQ, even which climate you prefer. Although the citizens in thisdystopian universe have very limited freedom, they couldn't be happier. From birth, the government conditionsyou to revel in your predestined life. Even those with mind numbing, imbecile work adore their jobs. At least,most everybody. As with what most of life has to offer, there are always bugs. In this society, there are a few people who do not quite match the social norm. Bernard Marx is an ostracized Alpha Plus, due to his Gamma stature, and his hesitance to participate in this life style. Along with Helmholtz Watson, who would prefer only to write meaningful literature. These two, along with a few others, see the problems with this world they were thrust into, and thus suffer from the ruthful hands of the government. For Epsilons, Deltas, and Gammas, there is absolutely no individuality for them. Betas and Alphas gain a little more, however small a change it might be (at least there aren't 95 others of them). Whoever you might be though, you areprobably happy. Since the day you were created, you have been conditioned to enjoy whatever life that was chosen for you. Just because you are happy though, you are not quite free. Sure, there's a variety of fun activities to participatein, a perfect drug to take, and of course, nonstop sex, but if you look beyond the choice of activities, you don't have any choice in your life. You didn't choose to always be happy, you didn't choose to not feel any other emotion. Even withthis artificial happiness in place, society is not stable. There are usually some who feel there is more to life than justhappiness. If one person steps out of line, the whole system can break. Even with little individuality, there is stilla loss of structure. For those who realize there is more to life, they can find their individuality ( as did Helmholtz), and in turn, cause some problems for the all powerful government. "Did you ever feel as though you hadsomething inside you that was only waiting for you to give it a chance tocome out?" -Helmholtz (4.2.25) There are five types of humans in this "Brave new world": Epsilons, Deltas, Gammas, Betas, and Alphas, each possessing their own personalities and jobs. When you are created in a test tube, they decide who will be able to keep a smidgen of individuality, who will be merely one of 96 identical copies. To introduce this odd society, Huxley starts right off in the production facility, using the "Director" as a mode of explanation. The Director explains to up and coming employees of that department. The reader is thrust right into the science of this dystopian universe, and learns slowly how each person is created. As the novel progresses, we meet a strange young man, Bernard Marx. As an Alpha Plus, he is allowed slight individuality. He is a unique person physically and mentally, with no genetically identical copies. He does not experience the satisfactory nostalgia that overcomes most other citizens addressed in this novel. He sees past society's programming. We are introduced to this rare view point in a conversation with the main female lead, who explains to her friend howeven though he is different he can be charming. There is no background information given to you in this novel. Everything you learn is "straight from the horses mouth". Most everyone desires to be happy. Many folks enjoy drugs, and sex, and games, and just general entertainment.That's what society provides its citizens in "Brave New World". When they are not working, they are simply havingfun. We are introduced to various games such as Centrifugal Bumble-puppy (for children), Obstacle Golf, and "The Feelies". Not only are there enjoyable activities to participate in while one is off of work, you are programmedto actually enjoy your job! From day one of your birthing process, you are given everything needed to revel in your life style. Those with mind-numbing work are even injected with alcohol to stunt their brain growth, so they could not be intelligent enough to even comprehend doing anything else. Most might be happy, but are theyfree? They did not choose the life they were given. They did not choose to not feel any sadness, or any real emotion for that matter. The reader once again learns how their limited their freedom is through the eyes of the characters. We gather information through out the novel, especially through the eyes of Bernard Marx and Helmholtz Watson at the beginning. They feel as if something is missing in their lives. They want to feel negative emotions. They don't want to use soma as a get away. They don't want to be a happy, mindless zombie. They want to live. "How is it that i can't, or rather-beacause, after all, i know quite well why i can't-what would it be like if i could, if i were free-not enslaved by my conditioning"-Bernard (6.91.4) Yeah, I'm sad, but at the same time I'm really happy that somethingcould make me feel that sad. It's like, it makes me feel alive. It makesme feel human. The only way i could feel this sad now is if i feltsomething really good before. So i have to take the bad with the good,so i guess what I'm feeling is a beautiful sadness. -Butters, South Park
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