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natalyaisthebest | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted November 8, 2012 at 3:09 AM via web

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In Brave New World, how does Aldous Huxley develop ideas regarding an individual's pursuit of happiness?

Aside from the most obvious ( Bernard, John etc).

I am writing an essay on this soon and cannot really come up with a strong analysis. Any ideas? Pointers?

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tinicraw | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 20, 2012 at 8:30 PM (Answer #1)

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Each character in Huxley's novel Brave New World represents a different path that a person could take to achieve happiness within that society. Within each person's brain, a conversation takes place about how to achieve his or her own goals to satisfy the passions of life. Lenina seeks for her happiness through different relationships with men as the government intended her to do. At times, she feels like she might be happiest with just one person, but she chooses John to love, someone from outside of her society and education, and things don't work out because of their individual differences in psychology. Bernard seeks out his personal happiness through manipulating other people's life to project himself as the better person, more educated, and more important than others. The controller is different because as an educated scholar, he chose education and learning over personal physical pleasure in order to achieve his happiness. Those who obeyed the rules of the society seemed to find a certain amount of happiness. Those who didn't live within societal rules didn't find happiness (like John). In a way, Huxley is saying that achieving happiness is more likely found by playing by the rules of society.

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