In Brave New World by Aldous Huxley there is a world that has been dominated by tyranny as well as oppression. The power of this novel lies in its disturbing credibility, as it mirrors certain aspects of our own existence. Like many other iconic dystopian works like Orwell’s 1984 and Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Brave New World holds a grain truth that makes it all more evocative.
Unlike explicit violence in other dystopian, the world of Huxley exercises control in a subtle manner. People are conditioned right from the birth to think as well as feel in a prescribed way and any deviation from this path very quickly. The people live in the state of deceptive happiness, unaware of their lack of freedom. The society greatly emphasizes promiscuity and it denies existence of love or deep emotions. All the requirements are fulfilled willingly and individual desires are suppressed to main the social order. In this dystopian world, people are controlled like machines and instructed to carry out particular tasks without considering why. Individuality and emotions are despised and abhorred. Death is seen as a sweet release, and even childhood memories of candy can obscure the true gravity of loss.
Huxley’s prose is genius, and just like in other dystopian stories, information control is crucial. The population lacks knowledge and critical thinking because all books have been destroyed. A volume of Shakespeare is found by John, a persona who was not born in this world, and this discovery causes him to become aware of a different reality. Although he is the only one who notices the flaws in their society, he is cast as an outsider and called “the savage.” The reader sees John’s struggle to fit in with this strange world as the narrative progresses. He stands out from the inhabitants’ mindless conformity because of his distinctive viewpoint, which was shaped by literature and diverse experiences. John is the most fascinating character in the story because of his distaste for conformity and quest for greater significance.
The important and thought-provoking book “Brave New World” asks readers to consider the effects of unchecked conformity and the price of sacrificing individuality for a fictitious sense of happiness. It is both unsettling and enlightening to read Huxley’s exploration of a society in which genuine emotion and freedom are suppressed. For a thorough analysis of the human condition and the potential repercussions of a control-obsessed society, this potent and timeless work is a must-read.