“Aldous Huxley’s futuristic Brave New World depicts a dystopia in which an all-powerful state controls the behaviors and actions of its citizens in order to preserve its own delicate stability and imperforate power. Through the lives of the protagonists, Bernard and John, Huxley is able to warn his audience about the dangers of a totalitarian state. What seems to be a perfect utopia of free drug use, recreational sex and eternal superficial contentment, is in truth a dreadful dystopia where citizens have been stripped of any opportunity for individuality.
Differing the Brave New World from other totalitarian states is its means of maintenance. While other oppressive governments in history have used surveillance, secret police and torture as strategies to ensure their power, the Brave New World maintains its power through technological interventions that start before birth and last until death, altering and suppressing peoples beliefs, thoughts and eliminating any disapproval towards the government.
Furthermore, the expulsion of all those who think for themselves as well as the censoring of all thought provoking works by the Controller, Mustapha Mond, replicates historic events in our world. Strangely enough, events such as World War Two and the reign of The Khmer Rouge during the democratic Kampuchea Regime in Cambodia, which demonstrate very similar characteristics of an all-powerful state, took place after the novel was written in 1932. With that being said, Huxley’s warning of the dangers of this state are even more alarming, due to the fact that control methods in the Brave New World are seemingly pleasant and the citizens are conditioned to be unconscious of their lack of freedom. In Brave New World the consequences of state control are a loss of dignity, morals, values, and emotions—in short, a loss of humanity. The dangers of a totalitarian society exposed in Brave New World raise our awareness on this issue so we may avoid it.
Moreover, stripping the citizens of the Brave New World of cherished aspects of life such as family, real love and individuality, allow the readers to further appreciate those privileges in our human lives.
Although on a superficial level Brave New World is the portrait of a perfect society, free of depression and most of the social-economic problems that trouble the world today, a totalitarian society functioning only to maintain social stability by way of biochemical engineering and elaborate social conditioning would without doubt lead to the death of humanity.
This novel highlights not only the consequences of a totalitarian reign but also the privileges that come with individuality, which comprise in part the reasons it is essential for human beings to read.”
Voila mon présentation pour la classe d’anglais qui concerne l’histoire “Brave New World”. J’ai décidé de l’inclure dans mon blog parce que les liens que j’ai pu faire a mes apprentissages dans la classe de l’histoire 12. Mon sujet était les avertissements d’un gouvernement totalitaire, un sujet que j’ai choisi pour expliquer pourquoi cette histoire est important pour les gens de lire. Comme tu peux voir dans mon présentation, je l’ai trouvée très intéressant que je pouvais faire des liens entre les personnages dans mon livre a autres personnages dans l’histoire. Par exemple, comparer Mustapha Mond le “contrôler” du Brave New World au Khmer Rouge a cause de leur censure de tout les matériels qui feront les citoyens penser pour eux mêmes. Mes connaissances de l’histoire 12 et les sciences humaines 11 ont beaucoup approfondi mes expériences en lisant ce livre.