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by Aldous Huxley

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How is the devil being represented in Ape and Essence?

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In the post-apocalyptic dystopia depicted in Ape and Essence, the Devil is represented as Belial, a Satanic figure worshiped and adored by a cult of eunuch priests. These fawning acolytes occupy the very highest position in this caste-based social system, lording it over the lower orders, a population of ape-like humans little better than slaves.

The moral values of this society—if one can call them that—are determined by Devil-worship. Inevitably, this means that acts considered abnormal and evil in most civilized societies are very much the norm. Mass orgies, the...

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