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Comparing “Brave New World” to modern North American society

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Patrick Makowski

on 22 January 2014

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Transcript of Comparing “Brave New World” to modern North American society

Introduction
In “The Brave New World” there is a society ridden with new technologies and futuristic advancements that in 1932 could have only been dreamt about. For Aldous Huxley to make these assumptions he had very bold and somewhat closely related predictions to the society that we currently live in. Many of the ideas Huxley presented are not anything close to the way things work in today’s society but on the other hand there are also many related ideas and very similar to technologies we currently have.
Comparing “Brave New World” to modern North American society.
Another similar comparison to the world state in “Brave New World” is the idea that technology and specific roles of people are what controls almost all parts of their society. In our modern society technology plays a big role to the way tasks are completed and is a close relation to what Huxley had written. It is stated that “Everyone works for everyone else. We can’t do without anyone” (Huxley 91). Which is also similarly related to our society by the fact that everyone has their own responsibilities and that everyone needs to fulfil their role for things to work properly.
The novel was written in 1932 and Huxley predicted many relations that he thought would be in our modern society.. In “Brave New World” they continually use a drug known as soma. This drug would be used on any citizen who is feeling unhappy or “depressed”, the drug is almost like getting the person high or away from their unhappy emotions. There are many examples in the novel where the drug helps the characters, “A gramme is better than a damn,” said Lenina mechanically from behind her hands. “I wish I had my soma!” (Huxley 116). When the characters in the book use the drug it helps them to become happy, in our modern day society we also have similar drugs to this that can make you “happy”, or less depressed. Things such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibutors (SSRIs) in today’s society have very similar affects to soma (used for depression)where they both make negative emotions go away and make you feel better.
Conclusion
While reading this novel you can find many different similarities and differences to what Huxley had predicted our society to look like. Nearly 82 years after the book was published there are many specific ideas that were presented in the book that can be seen in a modern society. After reading this novel you can see that Aldous Huxley was very close to predicting how things would be in the future.
Questions
1. Do you think the technology used in the book would benefit modern society?
2. Do you think that technology is a benefit or problem in modern societies?
3. Aldous Huxley had a very good guess at what society would be like in a modern era. Agree/Disagree

The first thing Huxley was very close in predicting was the fact that babies could be mass produced. Although we cannot produce babies to the quantities that were used in the book, there are still methods in today’s society to get similar results. “The week’s supply of ova. Kept.” (Huxley 1.9). Test tube babies are the closest related technology to the book in how to have a test tube baby they can produce the baby outside of a body.
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