A Personal Utopia, Analysis of

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A Personal Utopia: An Analysis of a Key Passage in Brave New World The key passage of Aldous Huxley's Brace New World takes place after John has been arrested and is a conversation with Mond. When John and Mond speak of ideal societies, a major part of Brave New World, the aspect of human nature which makes us search continuously for our personal Utopia, becomes apparent. In Mond's study, the sacrifices each character makes in order to find a Utopia are interconnected. The search for a personal Utopia reveals Huxley's view on human nature of sacrificing everything to live with self-fulfillment. The connection of the sacrifices each character makes is shown in the study, helping the reader understand that it is human nature …show more content…

Mond was not self-fulfilled because he lived with the guilt of giving up science because he could not see that it was for the better. All those who were not fulfilled invent their own personal hell. By not being fulfilled, they have no reason to live. Bernard hated his appearnce as well as the culture in which he was living. He ended up being exiled on account of this. John did not make use of the technology and stability around him creating self-loathing, as it did with Bernard. His self-loathing was taken to the extreme, and ended his existence. The characters differences make it harder for them to allow themselves to become swept away in their society's view on self-worth, creating them to feel less meaningful. Through all the characters in this key passage, one sees that human nature is to continue trying to strive for self-fulfillness, or self-worth. Mond, it seems, does not continue this, but since he makes decisions for everyone, he could slightly alter the outcome of people's lives. John does not seem to look to be fulfilled, although he turns to masochism. Masochism is commonly used to take out anger upon the self to "purify" one. By using this aspect, Huxley still creates the idea of being fulfilled. Bernard would fulfill himself by finding an ideal society and recognizing it. He has already been exiled to Iceland, but he does not see its potential. Helmholtz does his best to make every


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