Brave New World Research Paper

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Utopia? More Like Dystopia Is there a place where perfection exists? A man named Thomas Moore wrote of such a place and called it Utopia. Utopia comes from the Greek meaning “no place.” He appropriately titled his piece with the notion that no such place exists. Another author, Aldous Huxley, wrote of a future “Utopia” as well in his Brave New World; however, Huxley’s point of view of a Utopia is different. One critic noted on Huxley’s point of view: “Brave New World describes what Huxley fears may be man’s future. He seeks to warn readers that ‘utopia’ must be avoided” (Matter 65). In fact, Huxley’s story is an ironic tragedy in a Utopia with parallels to Shakespeare’s works. The story is based around the protagonist, John the Savage, a man who was considered primitive and lived on a reservation. John “was given two alternatives: to go on living in the Brave New World whose God is Ford (Henry), or to retreat to a primitive Indian village more human in some ways, but just as lunatic in others” (Bloom 1). John’s reading of Shakespeare influences the way he sees the world of the savage and the New World in different viewpoints; these viewpoints are in regards to his relationships with his mother, Lenina, and the world itself. One critic writes, “…it is by the standards of Shakespearian tragedy and romance that [John] judges…society…” (Thody 89). The predominant Shakespeare work in Brave New World is the play Othello. John the Savage most certainly relates to Othello, a soldier who married a Venetian woman, Desdemona, despite the disapproval of society. In Othello’s case, his assistant, Iago, becomes jealous and turns Othello on his new wife and makes Othello kill her. In John’s case, the woman is Lenina and the villain is society. His situation relates to Othello in a sense that he is “an outsider who loves a girl, but whose mind is poisoned against
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