How are families and community portrayed in Brave New World?

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The traditional family unit is non-existent in the technologically advanced, futuristic World State, and each citizen is dedicated to their specific role in advancing their society. In the World State, citizens are manufactured in the Central London Hatchery and clones are produced during Bokanovsky's Process. Each manufactured citizen is subjected to various processes, which coincide with their pre-determined castes. In the World State, there are five castes, and each citizen is specifically created to fit perfectly into their caste. Manufactured citizens are also conditioned to enjoy their caste, reject literature and nature, and embrace promiscuity.

There are no mothers, fathers, siblings, or relatives in the World State because familial loyalties and strong emotional bonds are considered to cause instability. The citizens of the World State are also led to believe that everyone belongs to everyone, and they should have numerous sexual partners (monogamy is discouraged).

The World State has cultivated a society where citizens live for their nation and are primarily dedicated to completing their assigned tasks to better the community. Individuality does not exist and conformity is championed throughout the World State. Religion, intellectual pursuits, and the arts do not exist, and citizens are encouraged to take soma or go to the "feelies." Overall, the World State is portrayed as shallow, restrictive, and superficial.

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Huxley's dystopian novel opens with the description of the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre and its ironic World State's motto: "COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY." For, in reality, there are no genuine feelings, no genuine relationships. The concept of "Community" is stated in the New World's paradoxical concept of "Everyone belongs to everyone else" which, then, means that no one truly belongs to anyone else; they are simply all the same.

  • There are no mothers or fathers or other family members

Children are manufactured in the Hatchery, where, using the Bokanovsky's Process "ninety-six human beings grow where on one grew before." Through this process millions of people are made exactly alike, giving them no true identity. Their only sense of belonging is that they are surrounded by many others who look and act exactly as they do. "Standard men and women in mass production gives no one any individuality which would allow feelings of love and loyalty to family members.

  • Children are the property of the State

Much like during the Nazi Regime, in which children were taken from parents for part of their lives, made to wear brown uniforms and indoctrinated with the precepts of Fascism., children are "conditioned" to think certain ways. The Director of the Hatchery proudly tells his audience, "We also predestine and condition." People are manufactured into different levels, ranging from Alpha Plus to Epsilon. This Epsilon does not need intelligence because he is manufactured to do the menial tasks of his society, so there are more Epsilons than there are Alphas, who possess the highest level, such as the Director of the Hatchery.

Through this control of intellect as well as through the sleep conditioning of hypnopaedia, children are raised by the New World to be content with their stations in life and to dislike those who are not the same as they. For, instance, when Lenina goes out with Foster she sees another caste and comments, "'My word,....I'm glad I'm not a Gamma.'" Further, they have no true feelings of their own; if inklings of discontent or individual thought should occur through some aberration of conditioning, the residents of the New World just takes soma, which relieves them of such confusing thoughts:

Take a holiday from reality whenever you like and come back without so much as a headache or a mythology.

  • Controls are in place to maintain a stable society

Stability is achieved by making people "constant throughout a whole lifetime." The physiological changes of aging are also eliminated, and along with them the "mental peculiarities" of older individuals, such as the "peculiarities" of taking to religious and individual thought. In the New World, such dangerous activities are eliminated through conditioning and the eradication of the aging process.

If an individual Alpha starts to think or break from the indoctrination of the state, he/she is exiled to an isolated place such as Iceland by the World Controller. Religion and books have all been eliminated as they give rise to feelings and thoughts that may be subversive to the uniformity of the New World.

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