Dehumanization in "Brave New World"
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This paper discusses how in Aldous Huxley's dystopic novel, "Brave New World", the theme of dehumanization is delineated through the misapplication of science and technology. It looks at how various chilling techniques, used by scientists and the overall government, control the people that are contained in the society that exists within this novel. The society within the novel is analyzed and it is suggested by the paper that the utopia is dehumanizing the inhabitants.
From the Paper:"The control of science and technology is best described as inhumane in this society because stripping people of their natural human desires is exactly what the scientists and controllers intend to do. Written directly by Huxley himself was that "...the secret of happiness and virtue - [is] liking what you've got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their inescapable social destiny" (Huxley 16). The Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning clearly states that people in society are taught and basically have no choice but to accept and like the conditions that they are forced to live in. There is not much that they can do to change this, if anything at all. Destiny is determined by chemistry in this novel rather than people naturally deciding, with their own personal choices, as to where their lives should lead. "
Sample of Sources Used:
- Baker, Robert S. Brave New World: History, Science, Dystopia. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1990. (Baker 72)
- "Brave New World." Literature and its Times. 1997. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Gale. Manchester Twp. High School Media Center, Manchester, NJ. 25 Sept. 2008. <http://find.galegroup.com>. ("Brave")
- Cohen, Eric. "Unthinkable Thoughts; A strategist asks, where is technology leading us?" The Weekly Standard. Feb 26, 2007. Power Search. Gale. Manchester Twp High School Media Center, Manchester, NJ. 25 Sept. 2008. <http://find.galegroup.com>. (Cohen 4)
- Firchow, Peter. "Brave New World." Novels for Students. Eds. Marie Rose Naplerkowski and Deborah Stanley. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Research. 1999. 6:52-73. (Firchow 62)
- Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. USA: Harper Collins Publishers, 1946. (Huxley 14)
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