Brave New World: Helplessness Essay
How can one distinguish happiness from unhappiness if unhappiness is never experienced? It's the bad that makes the good look good, but if you don't know the good from the bad, you'll settle for what you're given. Can people judge their feelings without a basis or underlying "rubric" to follow? Such rudimentary guidelines are established through the maturation process and continue to fluctuate as one grows wiser with a vaster array of experiences. Aldous Huxley creates a utopia filled with happiness, but this is merely a facade to a world which is incomplete and quite empty since the essential "experiences" are replaced with "conditioning." Perhaps this fantasy world …show more content…
Such a complete conversion into one stable society is quite inconceivable by any means. This is also the case in Brave New World. The savage reservations, as they are called, is the other side of the world, the primitive, real world uninfluenced by science and technology. The synthetic happiness of the "ideal" world is maintained by utilization of the artificially composed drug, soma, which quenches all symptoms of unhappiness -- old age, disease, and stress, which are all pacified by the illusions conjured through dosages of soma. The savage reservation doesn't have such technology, and the miracle of life is still "old fashioned." It's from this "ancient" world which the story's conflicts materialize.
Bernard Marx takes a "vacation" to the savage land in which he encounters John n and Linda. Linda, formerly one of the advanced world, was pregnant and gave birth to John, such a "primitive" occurrence restricts her from coming back to her former world. After discovering them, Marx arranges their transport back to the new world as part of his scientific study.
Linda soon grows sick; she is old, and went on a "soma withdrawal" for quite some time. She dies soon after, and John goes into a rage. In the new world, John was always quite against the regulated