What is the significance of sexuality in the story?

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Mustapha Mond and the DHC assert that sexual frustration is the source of much unhappiness. Thus, were sex to be freely available to all, without inhibition or guilt, the world would be happier. Naturally, this is not what Huxley believes, nor what the book endorses. In the novel, morality as we understand it has been turned on end. The values which our society claims to hold - as found in Shakespeare, for example - are regarded by the World State to be at best silly, and at worst obxcene. Unbridled sexual activity, would result in the utter loss of love and human intimacy. Huxley saw a breakdown in traditional values at the time he wrote Brave New World, and the novel is an invective about the shallow, meaningless relationships he saw around him.

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Sexuality is important in three general ways in Brave New World.

First and most importantly, sex has been turned into a sort of required, low key recreation for everyone. Everyone's supposed to have it, but no one's supposed to get very excited about it. Everything is sexualized, but it is very casual.

Second, the link between sex and reproduction has largely been cut. This is part of what makes the sex so casual (lots of contraception, easy abortion, etc.), but also a way of keeping people from building strong emotional attachments.

Third, because "the Savage" lacks this conditioning, sex is still linked to love and intense, upsetting passion for him. He's therefore out of place in this "utopian" society.

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