Brave New World: Themes

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Brave New World "" An Analysis Brave New World is part of a series of utopian literature that began to be published in the 1920s. Most of these novels described the horrors of a totalitarian or planned society. However, the novel Brave New World can be described by the reader as either this, which is known as a "dystopia," or a utopia, a society organized to create ideal conditions for human beings, eliminating pain, hatred, and other evils of the world. In his novel, Robert Huxley warns the reader of the dangers of giving the state control over new and powerful technologies. An illustration of this theme is the control, by the World State, of reproduction through technological and medical means, including the Bokanovsky Process and hypnopeadic conditioning. A second illustration of this theme is the introduction, by the State, of entertainment machines that create harmless leisure and high levels of consumption and production that keep the World States stability.

It is important to realize that in the novel, the State talks about progress and science while it really means to better technology, not scientific exploration as we view it. The state, in truth, censors and limits scientific exploration, since the basis behind science is the search for truth, truth that could threaten the States control. The state uses results of scientific research to create a more "happy"� and "pleasant"� society, but does not support science in itself. Once again Huxley's fear and feelings against a totalitarian government can be seen.

Also, in his novel, Brave New World, Robert Huxley is not only warning about what could happen to society if things go terribly wrong, he is also writing a comparison of the society in which he existed, that of the early nineteenth century, and quite possibly the society of today. Of course one cannot see the comparisons of the society of the World State to our own. However, the World State is merely a "logically developed version of our societies economic values,"� a society in which our satisfied needs equal happiness and economic prosperity is associated with success.