Comparing 'Brave New World And Allegory Of The Cave'

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Thompson 1 David Thompson Philos 101 TTH 0800­0920 Chattels of the Government In the novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley introduces a world where social stability is based on a scientific caste system. Where values of society are not lost but has changed their views on what’s right and what’s wrong. Society is kept happy by being taught how to be selfish and by being on a drug called “soma”. There was no real individuality in this society, being brainwashed by the practice called “hyponedia” where individuals were instructed to believe into the views of society, Henry Ford, soma, and sex. Government dehumanizes everybody there weren't any families so embryos were manipulated chemically and the government controlled every stage of their development. In relation to…show more content…
Maybe so, because of soma, where society has been enslaved into falsified happiness. The government did whatever they wanted to the society similar to the control in Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” contrasting the way people perceived and believed in what is reality. The ideas in Brave New World and “Allegory of the Cave” clearly depict how the people are entrapped in falsified realities in which they perceive a happiness in which they would not be satisfied with, if they had the freedom of knowledge and choice. There is no real idea, oblivious of what reality is. In the allegory the humans are restraint simply by chains and it leads to the overall ignorance and falsified satisfaction. Huxley created a more complex idea of the population being chattels of the government with soma and hypnopaedia which restricted basic fundamental human rights. John the Savage was the only character in Brave New World to actually escape the metaphorical cave that is present in Brave New World. The only character to experience both world present, The world of savages who represent reality and enlightenment and also the “brave new world” which is the cave where people in the new world are trapped in. Similar to how the government in the “Brave New World” controlled society be feeding propaganda and hypnopaedic proverbs, puppet show men in Plato's “Allegory of the Cave” are the only sources of information to the individuals in the cave,
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