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haverilla | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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What was the point that Aldous Huxley was trying to make when writing Brave New World?

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lcassidy | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted May 4, 2011 at 10:44 PM (Answer #1)

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Aldous Huxley's Brave New World is somewhat of a warning to people about the direction the world was taking.  In literature, this type of writing is refered to as an allegory.  Huxley teaches moral lessons about consumerism, totalitarianism, self-gratification, and the dangers of technology. 

Historically, during Huxley's life time, Henry Ford had created the model T car.  With this came new technology, one of which was the conveyor belt.  This allowed for vehicles to be manufactured much more quiclky than before.  However, this also rendered certain workers redudant.  In addition, the creation of the light bulb was a marvel at the time and still is today.  Nevertheless, this created shift work because workers could now see at night.  From this point on, men were working at night instead of spending time with their families. Although there are many benifits to technology, Huxley warns of the possible dangers associated with them.  It also turns out that he was right.  As we see in the novel, technology is revered above all else.  People, even when in the company of other people, are emotionally segregated from one another.  This can also be seen today with the use of cell phones and other such technologies on the rise. 

Furthermore, Huxley also speaks about the dangers of sexual permissiveness.  In his time, Huxley noticed that people were becoming more open about sex than ever before.  In fact, with the availability of birth control, he warns that permissive sexual practices will lead to a lack of intimacy and even to the destruction of the family.  In the novel, the women are conditionned to take their birth control medication regularly.  In addition, all citizens are expected to "give themeselves" sexually to one another because "everyone belongs to everybody else".  They are forbidden, however, to  form any emotional attachments to anyone. 

Huxley also warns people about the necessity of religion.  Because of certain practices, people were beginning stray from religion more than ever before.  And, in the novel, we see how the controllers are constantly trying to keep its inhabitants occupied in order for them not to notice that something is missing in their lives.  The only characters who do in the novel are Bernard and John. Because of this, they are unsatisfied with their existance in this "new world".  This is also why the controllers feel it is necessary to introduce the solidarity services - where they offer the husk of religion without its essence. 

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