"Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley -comparison between 2 articles

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The appearance of a perfect society is achieved in "Brave New World". Perfection can be nearly attained but never completely accomplished. Aldous Huxley portrays a society with social and economic stability in the novel; however, along with such a serenely perfect world, comes false morals and lack of values. Promiscuity being one of them is an idea that is promoted in such a society. "In a little grassy bay... a little boy of about seven and a little girl who might have been a year older, were playing... a rudimentary sexual game"(31). Clearly, sexuality is encouraged as a concept that is not seriously taken at heart. As children, they are conditioned that sexual acts are seen as casual, with no strings attached because after all "everyone belongs to everyone else"(43). Sex is known to produce endorphins which triggers happy feelings; thus if everyone has sexual intercourse whenever and whomever they want, it will create a world of nirvana and tranquility.

This will then result to the basis of the endless cycle of social stability; children will keep getting conditioned and all the way through adolescence until death, sexuality will stay in their minds as just another physical activity meant to be a secondary stress-reliever, next to soma.

Related to the novel is an article from the New York Times that examines the growing rate of infidelity between lovers. Males are more recognized to be the ones committing such an inappropriate act. But now the rate of females being unfaithful to their spouse is increasing. As a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, Dr. Praver concludes that "These women are itching to go, to feel desirable, to be wooed, responded to and acknowledged as sexy women."(Fischler) It is generally the lack of romance in a relationship that ignites cheaters' minds and hearts to...