Brave New World- Aldous Huxley- To what extent does BNW fit into Malak's theory of dystopian literature?

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"Community. Identity. Stability." This is the "Brave New World's" "World State motto", written in bold in the first paragraph of Aldous Huxley's novel Brave New World, almost immediately setting it up to fit into Amin Malak's theory of the six characteristics of dystopian literature, power, forewarning, conflict, two-dimensions, static society and ideology. Throughout the novel these six characteristics are continually present, ensuring Brave New World fits to a large extent into Malak's theory.

Although the novel fits into each of the six characteristics of Malak's theory the characteristic that features clearly throughout the whole novel is forewarning. The whole "Brave New World" society lacks individuality, love and all the things that make up life, as we know it. In the "Brave New World" society "everyone belongs to everyone else", "people are never alone" and it's a world of "machinery and medicine and happiness." The novel is a warning of where society could be headed and conveys the message that society will never be perfect because one's idea of a perfect society can be totally different to another's.

The use of soma also being forewarning that you don't want to have to rely on drugs to bring happiness, "oh, I wish I had my soma". Huxley's use of forewarning fits to a large extent into Malak's theory of dystopian literature.

In his novel Huxley creates a static society, another characteristic of Malak's theory. Their society is so static because they believe "every change is a menace to society" and don't allow people to be individuals. They help to keep the society from change and individuality through "sleep teaching" and "conditioning" ensuring that it remains stable and make "people like their unescapable destiny" so they will not question the way in which society is formed and run.