Brave New World Soma Research Paper

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Sean Flannery Mr. Bly English IVB 5/5/2014 Soma, Why is it? Euphoric, narcotic, pleasantly hallucinate; those are the words that we think of after reading Brave New World and hearing soma. That is also what Mustapha says of soma. It's arguably the best tool the government has for controlling its population. It sedates, calms, and most importantly distracts a person from realizing that there's actually something very, very wrong the citizens of the World State are enslaved. Many of us wonder if, Marijuana or other cannabis related products could be used in our nation to maintain the same results as in Brave New World. This Mel-Gibson-in-The Patriot moment is not so effective, and mostly because of the way that soma enslaves its user’s…show more content…
Society in our world is used to seeing people take legal drugs (like cigarettes or alcohol) because they are allowed to be taken in public places. Illegal drugs, on the other hand, make you an outsider of society (except to drug junkies, who will see you as their best friend).The people in the New World get soma for free because it is, as already mentioned, all ordered and offered by the government. In comparison to that you have to pay for drugs in our world, and most of them have expensive prices that are only affordable to people with enough money. Legal drugs, however, aren’t as expensive as the illegal ones. This has the consequence that many people have to commit crimes and go into prostitution to buy the drugs they depend on. Yet each time they get what they want, they become more and more sick. Although everything for the people in “Brave New World” is great and everyone is happy and uninhibited if they get their lovely soma, they are also often dependent on the drug. Brave New World’s government supports soma to ensure passiveness of its people and thereby the stability of their created world. Alcohol, on the contrary, seems like an illegal drug in the New World because you become an outsider by drinking it, though it is not forbidden by the

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