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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Why did he writeBrave New World? Brave New World 101 Hatchery Road By the time he wrote Brave New World (1932), he despaired of man's ability to save himself from himself. But thinking that he had found a possible solution to the dilemma of man, Huxley became interested in the teachings of Eastern mystics. His concern with the importance of the value an individual has in the state resulted in his brilliant satire, Brave New World. In Huxley's Utopia the individual exists for the state, not the state for the individual. A little further on he discusses the role science plays in our lives and questions the ultimate value of scientific advances. Since the theme of Brave New World is "the advancement of science as it affects human individuals," we can immediately see Huxley's concern with the use and misuse of science: "We are living now, not in the delicious intoxication induced by the early success of science, but in a rather grisly morning after, when it has become apparent that what triumphant science has done hitherto is to improve the means for achieving unimportant or actually deteriorated ends." Huxley had wanted to be a doctor, the illness causing him to go blind prevented him from achieving this. During that time though, he studied science and was bothered with what was becoming of it. Brave New World focused on how science affects every human being. In Huxleys mind, science was creating humans to be and act a certain way. Huxley felt that the individual needed to exist for the state. The individual needed to benefit and make the state better. The state to Huxley, was existing for the individual. The state was created to help humans survive. But with that, the individual was not free to be themselves. The state showed them how to live.Brave New World is Huxleys most popular novel. But not his most important. In Brave New World Huxley gives us his idea of the future. The goal is to draw your own idea of the future as you read. Huxley does not allow you to achieve this however, he feels so strongly about the future and what will become, that he forces it upon the reader over and over. The characters become spokesmen for his ideas and his beliefs. When he wrote Brave New World Huxley showed the extent to which his disillusionment with society and its values had influenced him. He "toyed" with the idea that "human beings are given free will in order to choose between insanity on the one hand and lunacy on the other. Many of the ideas presented during the discussion in the last chapter of this novel echo many of Huxley's own views and concerns about the effect scientific advancement and technology would have on the individual.
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