Brave New World

Essay by PaperNerd ContributorHigh School, 12th grade September 2001

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A utopian world was an illusory paradise where everything was in perfect order, and its inhabitants had unlimited freedom to express their individuality and to obtain happiness. Happiness was the state of independently acquiring genuine emotional bliss, without the help of artificial devices. In Brave New World, humanity established a "perfect"� society, independent of the old, uncivilized world known as the Savage Reservation. Science had a breakthrough with biological and emotional engineering, intercepting nature's ability to run its own course. Technology had also found a "cure"� for misery; everyone living in Brave New World was "happy."� Regardless of how beautiful this dream might appear, it would never be achieved. John, who had experienced life in the Savage Reservation was presented with the opportunity to join the ranks of "civilization."� Initially, he excitedly embraced this world, but later he became disillusioned. The Savage's recognition of the flaws in the artificiality of scientific technology, in Lenina's promiscuous behaviour, and in the Controller's moral values, demonstrated the impossibility of building a utopian world.

John first displayed his protest at the sight of the clones created under Bokanovsky's Process, the first recognizable flaw of Brave New World. This occurred outside the Hospital of the Dying, when John was grieving over the death of his mother. He witnessed a mob of 162 indistinguishable Delta's, assembled into two groups anticipating the distribution of their daily soma rations. Although John's mind was now full of sorrow, he discovered a "sinking sense of horror and disgust, for the recurrent"¦nightmare of swarming indistinguishable sameness. Twins, twins"¦Like maggots they had swarmed defilingly over the mystery of Linda's death."�1 This displayed his repugnance towards these identical creatures and the technology that stripped them of their individuality. The monocultured society where personal identity ceased to exist appalled him. The Savage...