The Use Of Distortion in brave "New World" by Aldous Huxley

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Aldous Huxley, in his distopian novel,- Brave New World , written in 1932 presents a

horrifying view of a possible future in which society has become a prisoner of the very

technology it hoped would save us. In -Brave New World Huxley's distortion of

technology, religion, and family values, is much more effective than his use of literary

realism found in his depiction of a savage reservation. Through his use of distortion

Huxley tells a classic tale with the theme of, be careful what you wish for, because it may

not truly be what you wanted.

Huxley effectively uses distortion in -Brave New World through his depiction of

social values of the future. For example, when Barnard Marx hears somebody talking

about Lenina in the locker room, he becomes upset. Leaving the building, everyone he

passes recommends soma for his bad mood. Huxley shows the reader that drug use is

becoming more and more an acceptable way out for a weak society.

He is showing

society that we are becoming emotionally incapable of dealing with pain and hurt.

Furthermore, the students, while speaking with the director of the London Hatchery, are

told at one time people were viviparous, and were disgusted and outraged. Huxley is

trying to warn society that its lack of commitment and endurance will eventually be its

downfall. Lack of the experience of pregnancy severs the emotional ties of the woman

and her child. An emotionless society feels no guilt. In addition, Lenina, when accused

of lack of promiscuity by Fanny while in the locker room, religiously denies it.

Monogamy requires commitment, pain, and work. Huxley is predicting humans

progressing to a society of people who are unable to focus on anything but pleasure;

unable to handle the work of a commitment. He knew the road...