A Brave New World Drug Analysis

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Since the beginning of history, drugs have always been a big part of every society to help human beings deal with everyday life. Aldous Huxley’s book, Brave New World, was written in 1932 about a future world where drugs are used to control the population. In Huxley’s book, Bernard Marx is the main character whose opinions about drugs are different from others in the society. To blend in with a society in which children are engineered, where diseases do not exist, and where a drug called Soma is used constantly by everyone, he goes against his own beliefs by taking this drug. However, in the end, he realizes that the drug is pushing him away from his own freedom. The ways the drug is used in New World are similar to the ways drugs are used…show more content…
For example, when Lenina realizes that she likes John, who is from the Savage reservation, she cannot stop thinking about him. Fanny, Lenina’s friend, tells her to take Soma so she can be like everyone else; happy, cheerful and without any emotions.”Half a gramme had been enough to make Lenina forget her fears and her embarrassment” (Huxley 128). So when she finally takes the Soma, it helps her to fit in with her surroundings, pushing away any feelings of fright or humiliation. Another example is when the people from the New World use Soma during the orgy. During this orgy, a cup with strawberry ice-creamSoma is passed around, and everyone is supposed to drink it while saying, “I drink to my annihilation” (Huxley 54). Bernard, even when he believes in having freedom and wanting to be an adult, drinks the Soma ice-cream to fit in with the people surrounding him, and he recites the same words as everyone else. Likewise, drugs such as steroids are taken in modern times to fit in. Steroids allow athletes to get better at sports by stimulating the growth of muscles and increasing strength, which helps the athlete to fit in with other athletes (National Institute). Another example is legal drugs taken for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, which help to lower the symptoms of inability to pay attention, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness (Chandler). Researchers have found that 2.5 million youth ages 4-17 are receiving legal drugs prescribed for this disorder in the U.S alone (Attention-Deficit). This antidepressant not only helps them pay attention in class but to fit in with their peers as well as increasing their self-esteem. As a result, people are usually more successful socially, academically, and morally. Even though the drugs have different names, drugs in both worlds are used to help people blend in with the

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