Compare and contrast the use of soma in Brave New World with the use of drugs like Prozac in our world.

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The other answers have done an excellent job of explaining the medical and technical details of Prozac and soma (to the extent we learn about soma in the novel), so I will step back and address the bigger picture implied in a question that specifically mentions Prozac by name.

The question asks for a comparison of soma use to "drugs like" Prozac, with Prozac as a stand-in for any number of medications that are used as mood enhancers. The bigger picture shows that Huxley was prescient in understanding that advanced industrial societies would turn to widespread medication use to alleviate feelings of sadness and anxiety. "Popping a pill" is done in a widespread way both in our world and in the World State of Brave New World.

In both cases, we could argue (leaving aside the people who truly need the medications) that each culture over-relies on medicating unhappiness rather than addressing the roots causes of it in economic or social terms. If Deltas, for example, routinely need, each and...

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