A Brave New World Essay

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Seeing the Big Picture: A Brave New World, Conflict Theory, and Relevance In the novel, A Brave New World, Aldous Huxley creates a “dystopian” society in which there are five separate working classes ranging from the Alphas to the Epsilons. The society portrayed in A Brave New World is created through the conditioning and de-individualizing of the lifeless population. Every person is created to accept the norms of the society and their positioning within one of the five social classes. However, the actions of the characters such as John and Bernard Marx go to show that regardless of the amount of social conditioning and genetic engineering of children, there is still opportunity for the emergence of individuality. I will apply Karl Marx’s conflict theory to the conditioning and class segregation of Huxley’s society to reveal why A Brave New World is not relevant to our society in the most profound way, which is the conditioning of the individual. To be able to understand where I am coming from in my approach I will explain Karl Marx’s conflict theory. Huxley’s society promotes a large amount of consumerism, which in Marx’s conflict theory Marx believes that capitalism will be its own downfall. Marx believed that many of the working class citizens weren’t able to see the big picture of society and how they were being taken advantage of. Marx wanted the working class to have a consciousness of how they could be a unified front that could challenge the factory owners and elites and overthrow the capitalist system in which the society was structured according to. This revolution would lead to the implementation of a new system or complete failure for both parties involved. The modern day conflict theory also states that the society elite implement policies that were opposite the interests of the people of the society. Turning from Marxist workers to those within

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