How does Brave New World illustrate the point of happiness and comfort? 

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Point #2 states well that in "Brave New World" happiness is supposedly the lack of unhappiness. However, there is no comfort to be taken from the lack of anything.  For,one can only be happy to the degree that one has prior knowledge of genuine sorrow.  Life is appreciated only after the realization of death and loss. 

Instead, the citizens of the New World are conditioned to feel nothing about death other than noticing the recycling of gases. "Soma" is taken to dispel uncomfortable feelings.  There is no real emotion in the people of "Brave New World." In fact, Huxley mocks the...

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Happiness in Brave New World (BNW) is limited to physical pleasure and absence of anxiety. Comfort in can be defined as absence of discomfort, and to that extent the concept of comfort in BNW and as it exists in our real world are same. However in BNW comfort is a substantial contributor to happiness as compared to real world.

Many ingredient of happiness in real world are absent in BNW. These include things like pleasure we get out of loving others and the feeling of being loved. Similarly, BNW lacks the opportunities of deriving happiness from having done something worthwhile and something well done - the glow in the face of a boy scout, who has helped an old lady to cross the road.

 

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