Brave New World Theme Analysis

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"'God isn't compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness.'" So says Mustapha Mond, the World Controller for Western Europe in Aldous Huxley's novel Brave New World. In doing so, he highlights a major theme in this story of a Utopian society. Although the people in this modernized world enjoy no disease, effects of old age, war, poverty, social unrest, or any other infirmities or discomforts, Huxley asks 'is the price they pay really worth the benefits?' This novel shows that when you must give up religion, high art, true science, and other foundations of modern life in place of a sort of unending happiness, it is not worth the sacrifice.

True, the citizens of this "brave new world" do enjoy many
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Following self-denial and morality, people would be unhappy, and the whole

social structure would collapse. Although science is supposedly glorified, real science has been done away with, for as Mond points out, "'…all our science is just a cookery book, with an orthodox theory of cooking that nobody's allowed to question, and a list of recipes that mustn't be added to except by special permission from the head cook,'" (Huxley 232). The new world does not want scientific advances, because advances in science mean changes in society, and thus government. Science also means truths revealed, and it is better that the people stay ignorant. As long as they remain so, they are happy with their present lives, not only non-desiring of change, but unaware that the possibility even exists. The Utopians have also given up family life completely, seen when Mustapha Mond is talking to a young group of boys, "Mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters. But there were also husbands, wives, lovers. There were also monogamy and romance. 'Though you probably don't know what those are,' said Mustapha Mond. They shook their heads… 'But every one belongs to every one else,' he concluded, citing the hypnopædic proverb. The students nodded, emphatically agreeing with a statement which upwards of sixty-two thousand repetitions in the dark had made them accept…utterly indisputable," (Huxley 39, 40). One of our most sacred establishments has been done away

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