Brave New World Does Perfection Exist

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Is there a place where perfection exists? A man named Thomas Moore wrote of such a place and called it Utopia. Utopia comes from the Greek meaning “no place.” He appropriately titled his piece with the notion that no such place exists. Another author, Aldous Huxley, wrote of a future “Utopia” as well in his Brave New World; however, Huxley’s point of view of a Utopia is different. One critic noted on Huxley’s point of view: “Brave New World describes what Huxley fears may be man’s future. He seeks to warn readers that ‘utopia’ must be avoided” (Matter 65). In fact, Huxley’s story is an ironic tragedy in a Utopia with parallels to Shakespeare’s works. The story is based around the protagonist, John the Savage, a man who was... View More »

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John’s feelings of the New World also worsen with his feelings for Lenina. Even though he loves her, he becomes upset when Lenina relates to him in a sexual manner so soon. After the feely, John’s disapproval of Lenina’s sexual behavior is shown as he is humiliated after watching the feely and leaves Lenina to go read Othello (Yunker 67). Lenina’s sexual desires are clearly shown through her conditioning. Since John likes Lenina, she doesn’t see why she hasn’t had sex with him. The effort to seduce John with the feely failed because of John’s Savage roots (Huxley 166-70). The seduction also fails because John doesn’t feel he has proved himself to Lenina in order to become more intimate through sexual intercourse. These thoughts cause John to think of her as a whore (Yunker 78).
When John first enters the New World, he is extremely excited and hungers to experience. This is evident from the text: “John also laughed, but for another reason—laughed for pure joy. ‘O brave new world,’ he repeated. ‘O brave new world that has such people in it. Let’s start at once.’” At this point, John is naïve just as Miranda is in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. This naïve nature continues to the point to where he is “too naïve” to see the real side of Lenina, just as Miranda is to see the real side of the people she comes across (Yunker 58).
John’s excitement for the New World, however, is completely changed by the end of the book. At first John was teaming with curiosity and ambition, the immoral lifestyle of the New World quickly changed his perspective on the way he viewed ...

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