Reality Check In Brave New World

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A Reality Check With the use of symbolism, Aldous Huxley creates a beautiful novel that in essence warns his audience of the future. Huxley’s clever use of symbols in the Brave New World, is often apparent, but just as often, they are deeper and less apparent. With his satirical references to sex, drugs, technology and the naming of his characters, Huxley relates his novel back to his readers and their future. Without recognizing these symbols, the readers could find this novel confusing and ridiculous; but with each symbolic object and person comes a clearer picture of what Huxley us really trying to convey. When reading the Brave New World, the sexual references are often the first things that stand out to the audience. The brave new…show more content…
It is shown through the characters names, for the names are often related to important political figures of the early twentieth century. Each character is symbolic of something all his or her own. Helmholtz Watson is sought to be one of the most rebellious characters in the brave new society. He has a conflict within himself but is much interested in others. Much like John B. Watson, the man known for the Little Albert Experiment, Helmholtz is curious, but much too bored with his lifestyle. Bernard Marx, a reference to the philosopher Karl Marx, is determined to make his society a better place to live. Bernard does not approve of is loveless, careless, and scientific world. Karl Marx was also determined to make his society better. He warned others of what our world would come to be, “a classless society” ( Benito Hoover is an obvious reference to the thirty-firs president of the United States, Herbert Hoover. Mustapha Mond is one of the ten major world leaders. Mustapha Mond’s name makes a great deal of sense when put into context. Mustapha comes from an Arabic name Mustafa, meaning the chosen one; and Mond means world: “The chosen one of the world.” His name is also a reference to Mustafa Kamal, the founder of modern Turkey. Crowne, as in Fanny and Lenina Crowne refers to a monarchy, or something wanted and royal. Lenina comes from Vladimir Lenin, a very powerful leader in Russia. This…show more content…
The use of Ford’s name first began after the T-model first came out. “All crosses had their tops cut and became T’s” (Huxley 134). Ford was sought to have founded the greatest gift in history, the automobile, and the people of the brave new society looked p to him for that very reason. The citizens saw Ford as a great father figure, and not necessarily worshipped him, but his accomplishments. There are many times in the novel when Huxley replaces Ford with Freud, which is also a major symbolic figure. Freud’s theories go hand in hand with the novel, “from the moment of birth the infant is driven in his actions by the desire for bodily or sexual pleasures” ( Most of Freud’s experiments were directed toward how the human mind develops, and more directly how the sexual mind develops. Freud was convinced that the majority of human actions were based off of sexual desires and fantasies. Freud is well known for his theory on a mother and her son, or the Oedipus Complex. Huxley ties this theory into the relationship Linda has with her son. Aldous Huxley’s ability to grab the audience’s attention with his outrageous, yet shockingly true allegations of a fictitious world, created a vision of a futuristic lifestyle unthought-of prior to Brave New World. With the use of symbolism the audience is able to make a connection between the world they are accustomed to, and the frightful reality of the future. Huxley’s

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