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What is the most illogical or improbable idea in Huxley's civilization?

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jdaddyroark | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 16, 2012 at 8:20 AM via web

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What is the most illogical or improbable idea in Huxley's civilization?

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florine | Student , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted February 28, 2012 at 8:40 PM (Answer #1)

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 First, I wouldn't say it's the use of soma in the novel since LSD and psychedics in general as it had started to exist before it became illegal in the States in the sixties might have played this role in a future society. (See the part played by Huxley, Timothy Leary, Abbie Hoffmann and Ken Kesey in the sixties).

Next, cloning today has given some evidence of the practibility of some of the ideas concerning the greatest scientific or technological discoveries hinted at or described in the novel.

Neither is the mixture of freudism and fordism to incarnate divinity illogical or improbable at the time.

The message conveyed is that "the masses" must "love their servitude". The influence of drugs and movies must help them come to terms with this idea. But I think women's franchise, the integration of ethnic minorities, and social mobility, the fact that in the course of the twentieth century, much of the lower classes came to have the same social advantages as the middle class go against the idea of class differences ( a sort of social apartheid) as it is depicted in the novel. Those social classes are 'compartimentalized', and we cannot imagine what the lower classes and their relationship with the other classes are like in the novel. Maybe, it's one of the novel's deficiencies. The Indians are not the Gammas or the Epsilons.

Brave New World is a quotation from The Tempest, so, Shakespeare, after all, seems to have had the last word. People still have a keen interest in his plays and in literature more generally speaking.

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tinicraw | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 1, 2012 at 6:13 AM (Answer #2)

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From a mother's perspective, I was shocked to read that being a mother was such a bad idea! There are many tough things about motherhood, though, such as 9 months of pregnancy that changes the mother's body physically and hormonally; and, the labor is different for every mother, but it is highly uncomfortable and no fun. But did motherhood really have to be degraded so badly in their civilization?  Through the hard and hurtful trials in life, we become stronger. But this new world didn't want strong people of high character, they wanted continual happiness with not upset in life from pain, sadness, or being uncomfortable for many moment. John the Savage eventually tell Controller Mond that they sacrificed a lot for their happiness and the joys and pains of motherhood are some of them (276). It's really sad that the civilization would rather lead shallow lives on continued happiness rather than challenging lives of continued progression.

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