Brave New World

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Brave New World The day when nature no longer controlled life, and technology and industry was all that mattered has been prophesized many times in past generations. The end of life as we know it has always been associated with the mechanized world, and is the world Aldous Huxley displays in his novel Brave New World.

Huxley's novel is a satire. It is a social criticism while at the same time a prophetic warning. It critiques the social barriers and restrictions our world sets upon social classes. He sees the world as a caste system, where the rich are rich and the poor are poor. The romantic illusion that it is possible to elevate social standing is not only unrealistic, but also ridiculous, and is one of the satiric points made throughout the novel. The conditioned and predestined industrialized brave new world manufactures children, and teaches them who and what they will be in society.

From the begging of their lives, they are constantly conditioned with sayings such as: "Alpha children wear gray. They work much harder than we do, because they're so frightfully clever. I'm really awful glad I'm a Beta, because I don't have to work so hard. And we are much better than the Gammas and Deltas. Gammas are stupid...".

Other points of satire are made regarding birth and parents. In this new world, the thought of being born is obscene. The thought of having a mother and a father is a joke, and is seen as dirty and wrong, "The word (for "˜father' was not so much obscene as-with its connotation for something at one remove from the loathsomeness and moral obliquity of child bearning-merly gross, a scatological rather than a pornographic impropriety)." Along with the industrialization of the reproductive process, Huxley points out that...