Literary Criticism- Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

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Literary Criticism- Brave New World

A Utopia is a world that is completely controlled by the government. The government controls every aspect of life in a utopia, and therefore everyone is always happy. In the novel "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley the setting is a utopia. In this world people are constantly happy, babies are cloned, and, 'everyone belongs to everyone else.' The criticism which I chose was written by Margaret Cheney Dawson, on February 7th, 1932. The argument that Margaret makes is that Brave New World is a, "lugubrious and heavy-handed piece of propaganda." The critic is saying that through the book Brave New World, Aldous Huxley is promoting, and trying to sell a utopian government. I agree with this statement because throughout the book there are examples that prove that Aldous Huxley thinks that a utopian world is a good idea, also through his writing Huxley is implying that a utopian world is the only way humanity can survive.

The most obvious way that Huxley promotes a utopia in his novel, is through the words of a character. When the Savage, John, is talking to the World Controller, Mustapha Mond about the "brave new world" which they live in Mond says,

"They like it.

It's light, it's childishly simple. No strain on the mind

or the muscles. Seven and a half hours of mild unexhaust-

ing labor, and then the soma ration and games and

unrestricted copulation and the feelies. What more can

they ask for?" (Huxley 204).

I think that the words of this statement by Mond is a very big statement because Huxley is coming out and flatly saying that there is not one bad thing about a utopian world. He says that it satisfies everyone's needs, and that no one is ever unhappy...