Drugs In Brave New World

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Do drugs create problems or do they solve them? In Brave New World, the drug of choice is soma. Soma is used to solve problems in this book. The characters would not be able to function properly without this drug. They use it as a crutch to deal with the emotions of an controlled environment much like people in the real world do with an uncontrolled environment. The uses of drugs in the book and in the real world are used to solve problems in ways that are healthy and unhealthy. Drugs in both worlds also create problems by not allowing a person to feel what he or she should feel in order to be a healthy functioning living human. Prozac, Ritalin, Zoloft, and Adderall all have one thing in common; they are used to help people that have a difficult time function properly in the world. People with ADD or ADHD cannot concentrate in school or do common task without being distracted without their medication. People with depression cannot maintain relationships or open themselves up to other people without their medication. This makes you think that the people in Brave New World have no reason to be taking any drug at all since they are suppose to be genetically “perfect”. On the other hand, they all have something that is different about them and something they are insecure about like Bernard being a little short. Bernard being short and a little thin has nothing to do with the person he is but he was simply just born with it. "The mockery made him feel like an outsider; and feeling an outsider he behaved one.” (Huxley 65) Some alcohol may have slip into his solution in the Hatchery just like some people are born with the dominant genes for ADD/ADHD or depression. People can also use drugs for unhealthy reason such as to loose weight or to stay up late to finish a project or make your body retain more muscle. In Brave New World, Lenina starts using the soma in

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