Mostly a self-educated man, he had an extraordinary influence on the British educated public.
It has stood the test of time. In addition, it's a fascinating take on what might happen to our society in the not too distant future.
It's a must read for those interested in science fiction, futurology and dystopian scenarios. Aldous Huxley wrote several influential books over the course of a long writing career but none has caused as much controversy and debate as Brave New World. Published inwhen fascism was beginning to raise its ugly head in Europe, the book went far beyond any totalitarian dream and introduced readers to a new nightmarish world controlled by cold, calculating scientific bureaucrats.
All babies for example are 'hatched' and allocated their social destiny without question. You could say all inhabitants of this world have been manipulated from birth and are sleepwalking their way through uneventful lives.
Yet, there is a human twist midway through the book which adds spice to an already intriguing story. It's a compelling satire on human destination where a population of 2, million share only 10, surnames between them.
In this article I'd like to look at the themes in more detail, give some background to its creation and try to reach a sensible conclusion.
Before that, there's the question of the title of the book.
In Act 5 Scene 1 Miranda, daughter of the exiled magician Prospero, says: How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world That has such people in't. The world is run by ten controllers who maintain happiness through various forms of intensive conditioning and a drug called soma.
The majority are content to live with the status quo. Those who rebel are sent to islands or got rid of. No-one is ever alone except when they take soma, and emotional engineering ensures that rebellious feelings are nullified. Sexual experiences are encouraged from early age.
Marriage, parenthood, family and home are long lost concepts. There's no reason for outspoken individuality in this smoothly created linear social hierarchy of Alphas, Betas, Deltas, Gammas and Epsilons. Illness and old age are a thing of the past.
Recreation comes in the form of electro-magnetic or Obstacle golf, tennis and flying around in special planes and helicopters.
The only humans living outside of this conditional existence are the savages who follow traditional old fashioned ways inside a Savage Reservation, based in New Mexico. Only elite members of the controlling majority are allowed into this special fenced off area.
Touch the fence and you die. These opening paragraphs help set the scene for the development of Henry and Lenina, who happen to be in a bit of an odd relationship. After four months they're still 'having each other' which causes quite a stir amongst Lenina's friends and colleagues.
In this Brave New World promiscuity is encouraged and anyone becoming too familiar in a partnership might be viewed with suspicion. Yes, everyone belongs to everyone else! This may seem odd to the majority of us today but don't forget the history of humankind is full of odd twists, turns and perversities!
Eventually Lenina Crowne meets up with another man, Bernard Marx, a psychologist who also happens to be an Alpha Plus intellectual. But this Bernard is seen as a bit of a loner. He doesn't play Obstacle golf for one, and he sometimes spends time alone!
Bernard has a male friend, another high flyer Alpha Plus, Helmholtz Watson, a Synthetic Composer of hypnopaedia messages.
Both are somehow different from the average Brave New Worlder in that they want something more than society can give them. We're not told exactly why he wants to go - to look at the savages - but the trip is too good an opportunity for Lenina to miss. Not many ordinary people get the chance to visit a Savage Reservation.
He gets the necessary signature from his Director who, it's revealed, happened to visit the same Reservation many years ago and in doing so 'lost' his then female partner, who was never seen again.The Huxley family is a British family of which several members have excelled in science, medicine, His grandsons include Aldous Huxley (author of Brave New World and Doors of Perception) and his brother Julian Huxley (an evolutionist, and the first director of UNESCO), and Nobel laureate physiologist Andrew Huxley.
Brave New World is the antithesis of in terms of dystopia. Whereas has marriage, the state only condones it for the purpose of making children.
So, marriage is a means to a political end.
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