Conformity in Brave New World

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Brave New World is a utopia about how technology could change the world in future. Technology could lead to a loss of individual identity and degeneration of the natural conditions in life. In the story, stability is achieved in the World State and everyone is happy and his or her physical desires are met. However, individual identities are degraded and natural feelings are repressed through the use of a drug called Soma. In a world where appearances are an indication of caste, Bernard's identity is brought into question, along with his authority. In a conformist society, it should be expected that individualism would stir. In Aldus Huxley’s A Brave New World, the collective experience of the masses defines people into recognized groups. Individual traits are traded for conformity. There are many factors that lead to conformity or non-conformity and Aldus Huxley shows this trough his dystopian novel Brave New World. Because he is different, Bernard is the source of considerable speculation and suspicion. He does not enjoy sports; he likes to be alone; he is unhappy. Bernard doesn't know why he is dissatisfied, why he is different; many of his associates speculate that alcohol was accidentally put in his blood-surrogate while he was still "in the bottle." When we first meet Bernard we see him as a rebel, a protestor, "an individual." He wants to stand up for his rights, to battle against the order of things, “ No more hasn’t been anyone else. And I jolly well don’t see why there should have been” (53). Bernard unlike others in his world doesn’t believe in everyone’s motto, he believes in one love. We later learn that Bernard questions the conformity of life in the World State and the values it teaches, but that his dissatisfaction seems to stem from his not being accepted. When he returns from the Reservation with John and Linda, he becomes a kind of hero, the girls

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