In Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, there is a piercing theme of scientific advancement being the downfall of society. In the novel, the "normal" part of the world has grown up in a Utopian society where sadness is not allowed. Everyone (besides the savages) takes soma to not feel these emotions of sadness or anger. Despite this perfect world, there are some who fail to meet the proper standards either by lack of conditioning or alcohol being put into their blood surrogate. Bernard is one of the failures who do not seem to fit in. He feels an urgency to be an individual and express his individuality through his emotions. He refuses to take soma because he wants to experience emotion at its finest. Throughout the novel, the author paints a grim picture of the future if human beings rely solely on science and technology.
In this futuristic society, scientists "condition" children to be however they want them to be.
They divide the children through segregation of class. The scientists create an association between certain things for the children. They make children believe books and flowers come with electric shock and pain. "What man has joined, nature is powerless to put asunder." These children hear repetitions of things until they accept them as true and undisputable. The fact that children are made to conform, parallels with today's society; however in the novel, the author emphasizes his point by over-exaggeration.
It is, in this world, a custom for everyone to belong to everyone else. Anyone can sleep with and is encouraged to sleep with anyone they want to. This is fun for everyone without any moral degradation associated with it. Lenina even goes as far as to try to show herself unfaithful. Public speaking of sex and things isn't...