BRAVE NEW WORLD
Brave New World is the the title of a 1932 book by
futurist and social critic, Aldous L Huxley (1894-1963).
In the Brave New World, Huxley imagines the authorities
of society use new technologies, drugs and instruments of propaganda like subliminal
advertising to keep people happy and unaware or unconcerned about what is actually
happening to them and their communities.
In Brave New World non-stop distractions of the most
fascinating nature (the feelies, orgy-porgy, centrifugal bumblepuppy) are deliberately
used as instruments of policy, for the purpose of preventing people from paying too much
attention to the realities of the social and political situation.
Reinterpretations of Orwell's 1984, Huxley's
Brave New World and Zamyatin's We. Based on the Conflict Between Liberty and Domination.
We, 1984 and Brave New World are three of the most widely interpreted science fiction
novels of the twentieth century. They all deal with anti-Utopian futures, each horrible in
a completely different way. By examining various critical interpretations of We, 1984 and
Brave New World, and by examining the use of certain symbolic imagery in the three texts,
we can draw new connections between these formerly unconnected sets of imagery. Wind
imagery in We, for example, was previously interpreted to reflect only the inner struggles
of the protagonist, D-503. Brave New World takes place in the World State, though the name
is seldom used since it is the whole world and has been the whole world for many
generations. It is generally called "the world".
RELATIVE THEORY OF GOOD IN BRAVE NEW WORLD AND "1984."
ONE METHOD OF INTERESTING THE AVERAGE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT IN QUESTIONING INTELLIGENTLY THE
NATURE OF GOOD IS THROUGH THE STUDY OF HUXLEY'S "BRAVE NEW WORLD" AND ORWELL'S
"1984." IN BOTH OF THESE NEGATIVE UTOPIAS THE LOSS OF MAN'S HUMANITY,
INDIVIDUALITY, AND RIGHT TO REASON THE NATURE OF GOOD ARE THE VERY QUALITIES WHICH MAKE
HIM "EXCELLENT," AND WHICH ARE NECESSARY FOR A "GOOD" SOCIETY WHERE
STABILITY IS THE PARAMOUNT VIRTURE, DISEASE AND POVERTY ARE ERADICATED THROUGH THE
APPLICATION OF SCIENCE, AND MAN IS NEVER FACED WITH MAKING THOSE AGONIZING CHOICES WHICH
WRENCH HIS PSYCHE. THE YOUNG READER, AFTER STUDYING THE TWO NOVELS AND BEING FRIGHTENED BY
WHAT HE RECOGNIZES AS A POSSIBLE FUTURE REALITY--GIVEN THE COURSE OF HUMAN HISTORY, MAN'S
NATURE, AND THE RISE OF SCIENCE--COMES TO STAND WITH THE SAVAGE OF "BRAVE NEW
Huxley: BRAVE NEW WORLD
Comparison of ideas found in Aldous Huxley's BRAVE NEW WORLD to tenets of Buddhism
Paper Abstract: Comparison of ideas found in Aldous Huxley's BRAVE NEW WORLD to tenets of
Buddhism. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley has its spiritual side, which for the society
envisioned by Huxley may be various means undertaken to thwart spirituality or at least to
rechannel it. The difference is that the Buddha seeks to evoke a spiritual response from
others so that they seek a truth within themselves, while the society in Brave New World
wants to shape the response and create a truth in keeping with some idea of social
Inheritable genetic modification and a brave new world. Did Huxley have it wrong?
by Frankel MS.