What faults in our society does Huxley point out in Brave New World?

Expert Answers
mstultz72 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Brave New World, Huxley takes a crack at nearly every aspect of society, namely:

  • Our addiction to pleasure in physical, emotional, and religious forms
  • Our blind belief in science and technology to replace traditional customs and values
  • Our addiction to entertainment, whether it be sports (centrifugal bumble-puppy) or visual mass media (feelies)
  • Our over-medication (soma) using pharmaceuticals
  • Our overuse of birth control (Malthusian belts)
  • Our educational system which conditions students to hate books and nature (neo-Pavlovian conditioning)
  • Our statified society in which a small percentage of the wealthy control the other, more populous workers
  • Our abuse of government power that wishes to bring about communism, socialism, or globalization (one state, World Controller)
  • Our attacks upon individualism (John) and the glorification of the group and tribalism and sameness (identity, stability, community)
  • Our abuse of natural resources to serve our industrial complex (building huge stadiums in the middle of nowhere so that we expend many resources to get there)




Read the study guide:
Brave New World

Access hundreds of thousands of answers with a free trial.

Start Free Trial
Ask a Question