Compare and contrast the use of SOMA in Brave New World with the use of drugs like Prozac in our world.
One disturbing similarity in the use of soma in Huxley's novel and the prescribing of anti-depressants in today's society is the intention of keeping people "happy." Recently, one man wrote a book entitled, In Defense of Unhappiness. In this book, the author points out that discontent is essential or there will be no productive change in one's life, no growth. In Huxley's dysutopia people are drugged to keep them from rebelling or desiring any change in their lives, so the the world state will remain as it is. Likewise, in today's society, people will retain their problems as long as they are not as cognizant of them and are in artificial state of contentment.
This is a debatable topic, but certainly some would argue that anti-depressive drugs like prozac are thrown at some people by doctors in exactly the same way that soma is used in this society. Certainly it is not on the same scale, but some would say that anti-depressives are used to stop people facing the realities of life that they need to face. I am not sure if I agree with this, though.