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May 13, 2009

Brave New World Essay

Imagine being asked the question, “What do you want to eat?” and spontaneously responding for a hamburger without being able to contemplate between the Mushroom Melt Burger and the Chicken Gratella Sandwich. Usually taken for granted, each individual in our society is capable of making this miniscule decision. In Huxley’s Brave New World, excessive government control leads to the elimination of choice from each individual by scientific procedures such as psychological and physical conditioning. Consequently, the society in this Brave New World looses all uniqueness and individuality due to their overpowering government.

“All conditioning aims at that: making people like their unescapable social destiny,”(Huxley,16) states the Director of this futuristic dictatorship. Attempting to optimize efficiency, this futuristic government utilizes conditioning to force the citizens to like what they have and reject what they do not have. “We also predestine and condition,” states Mr. Foster, “We decant our babies as socialized human beings, as Alphas or Epsilons, as future sewage workers…”(Huxley,13). Therefore, everyone happily works together to get things done. (more…)

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