Aldous Huxley Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Aldous Huxley Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Aldous Huxley’s novels present, on the whole, a bitterly satiric and cynical picture of contemporary society. Recurring themes in these works are the egocentricity of the people of the twentieth century, their ignorance of any reality transcending the self, their loneliness and despair, and their pointless and sordid existence. Devoid of any sense of ultimate purpose, the world often appears to Huxley as a wilderness of apes, baboons, monkeys, and maggots, a veritable inferno, presided over by the demon Belial himself. The dominant negativism in the novelist’s outlook on life is pointedly and powerfully revealed by Will Farnaby, a character in Huxley’s book Island, who is fond of saying that he will not take yes for...

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