Consider the theme of isolation in Brave New World.

Expert Answers info

Blaze Bergstrom eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2018

write4,491 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

Isolation and solitude are considered together in much of the novel. Closeness to a few, specific others is discouraged in Aldous Huxley’s future society; people are not raised in families, and sexual relationships are likewise short term. Emotional attachments, including those between mothers and children, are considered a burden which had formerly interfered with the smooth, stable functioning of society (chapter 3).

Mother, monogamy, romance. . . My love, my baby. No wonder these poor pre-moderns were mad and sicked and miserable. . . . What with mothers and lovers, what with the prohibitions they were not conditioned to obey, what with the temptations and the lonely remorses, what with all the diseases and the endless isolating pain [. . .]—they were forced to feel strongly. And feeling strongly (and strongly, what was more, in solitude, in hopelessly individual isolation), how could they be stable?

Suspicion of difference runs high, and people who exhibit a preference for...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 531 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

accessteacher eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write13,728 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

check Approved by eNotes Editorial