Compare and contrast the sexual mores of the World State in Brave New World to the way males and females relate to each other in our society. Consider both traditional social values and the...
Compare and contrast the sexual mores of the World State in Brave New World to the way males and females relate to each other in our society. Consider both traditional social values and the R-rated movies and 'hook-up' culture on the opposite end of the spectrum. Show how social behavior in the "World State" satirizes behavior we see around ourselves every day?
Since Aldous Huxley wrote his futuristic novel in 1939, he would have no way of knowing what the cultural mores of America would be in the latter part of the twentieth and first part of the twenty-first century. Nevertheless, he seemed to be able to predict the future to a certain extent, and he may have foreseen the moral deterioration that could accompany the advancement of technology over the advancement of the mind and soul. Certainly, when the great works of literature and true religion are removed from a society, something else must fill this gap. And, as he wrote in his foreword,
As political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom rends compensatingly to increase. And the dictator...will do well to encourage that freedom. In conjunction with the freedom to daydream under the influence of dope and movies and [music], it will help to reconcile his subjects to the servitude which is their fate.
Here, then, lie the parallels with the New World and modern America. Entertainment is paramount to many, and the gratification of prurient interests keeps people's minds from considering their depersonalization and anonymity in society. In the New World, The Solidarity Service and the "feelies" and the concept of "everyone belonging to everyone" prevent thoughts of discontent. For, as the old saying goes, "when a man's mind turns to lust, he forgets all else." In a sense, these exaggerated visceral delights point satirically to the dangers of modern society. Certainly, the "feelies," like the many movies in which copulation is glorified as the goal of personal relationships between male and female. Likewise, music videos watched today magnify the importance of physical gratification in terms of sex or materialistic consumption and prevent people from entertaining loftier thoughts or reading informative literature and possibly, then, suffering some inner conflict. Instead, just as the residents of the New World remain servile to their fates of being controlled by leaders such as Mustapha Mond, so, too, do many modern citizens remain under a servitude to governmental regulations that their indolence has allowed.