Them And Us

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The World State in Aldous Huxley’s critically acclaimed novel and our present day life in the United States are more alike than one would think. What makes it so obvious that some situations stated in Huxley’s novel are in fact a less excessive and extreme version of what they are today? Little do we know, society one hundred years ago and what it is today has changed dramatically. For instance, such practices as being conservative, not being promiscuous, having a free mind, finding our natural way to mental and physical stability etc., have escalated into something that is more or less common in our culture in this day and age. In fact I am almost constantly reminded in the most subtle of ways of our own culture as I turned the pages... View More »

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This can also be applied to the use of clothing in the World State compared to the current. In the World State zippers are apparent in basically every set of clothing because it promotes ease when removing clothing when acts of promiscuity are occurring. Though clothes today are not generally used for acts of promiscuity it is not a hidden fact that clothes are getting less and less conservative and fashion trends progress through times. In the 20th century it was seen as something of a scandalous event to wear mini dresses or shorts. But now it common to see these kinds of clothing and more revealing ones in public on a daily basis or being promoted in a fashion campaign by models. Not to say it’s necessarily a bad thing that our clothing is becoming more of a thing of broadcast, but hypothetically it could be that Huxley’s portrayal of zippers on every piece of clothing could be our near future.
Another parallel that can be drawn between the novel and our own world is our dependency on drugs to ensure that we feel happy. In the novel there is soma tablets that can be taken to improve some ones mood, but in our own world we have Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, and Luvox. With our increasing dependency on these drugs we become more and more like the Brave New World, and we start to detach ourselves from our own emotions. The use of soma in Linda’s case can also relate to events occurring in the U.S. Unfortunately in the U.S., suicide is quickly becoming a large gateway to exiting life and like in Linda’s case, the use of drugs have greatly contributed in causing mass ...

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