Aldous Huxley's Brave New World: The Cost Of Happiness

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!"#$%& English II Period 6 23 January 2013 The Cost of Happiness Jack Carol once said, “Perhaps the greatest utopia would be if we could all realized that no utopia is possible; no place to run no place to hide, just take care of business here and now. (BrainyQuote) What Jack Carol means is that people should face their problems. If people face their problems immediately it relieves the stress of having to deal with it later. By realizing that their world is not perfect, it will essentially set them free. By conditioning everyone the same, it makes people not realize what their purpose for life is. Aldous Huxley's Brave New World illustrates a dystopia rather than a utopia through human conditioning, lack of freedom, and social…show more content…
This all in the sake of stability. The children undergo conditioning before they are even decanted “eight minutes of hard x-rays being about as much and eggs can stand” (Huxley-5) By making some DNA worse than others the Brave New World has its five distinct social !"#$'& classes and depending on the class the conditioning varies. While the DHC thinks he is creating a utopia he is really creating a dystopia. Besides basic conditioning, the Brave New World limits the freedom to do what you want. In the Brave New World, the thought is everything should be profitable, “we condition the masses to hate the country. ‘Concluded the director’ but simultaneously we condition them to love all country sports” (Huxley-141) Since going to the beach or countryside isn't profitable it is not aloud. What is allowed is going to sporting events because people need to spend money getting there and spend money while they are there. By limiting what people can think creates a more stable society. “Of course it does happiness is never grand” (Huxley-227) If people couldn't fight against misfortune…show more content…
Besides that, people don't think other classes are worse even further limiting human emotion. If a utopia is trying to develop, everything must be perfect. Aldous Huxley's Brave New World is characterized as a utopia when in reality it is a dystopia. From the Brave New World’s motto “community, identity, stability” to the overwhelming amount of brainwashing forming 5 distinct social classes, it is amazing how humans slowly become less human. All of the people in the brave New World believe they are the best they can be which means there is no desire to achieve anything or try harder. This also furthers the gap between real human nature because it is just basic instinct for people to make things better for themselves. When the world controller makes John stay as punishment it’s clear that the world is not a utopia because John hangs himself. By acknowledging the dystopia, Aldous Huxley demonstrates how one man's heaven is another man’s hell. Along with many other possible themes, “A perfect world is unachievable without imperfection” fits quite nicely.

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