Stability, Silence, and Progression: Analysis of Aldous Huxley's A Brave New World

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Humans are not meant to be alone permanently because isolation drives people to craziness, transforming the need of companionship into an insatiable desire. When humans associate with one another, the thirst of sociability quenches and morphs into either happiness or progression. The futuristic society Brave New World encourages the former of happiness upon its citizens through repeated, whispered lessons, or hypnopaedic messages, at night during early childhood. The hypnopaedic messages function as values for all of the society’s caste members, promoting the ideas society regulates and deems as correct, such as limited progress. The whisperings also influence the civilians slightly more than advertisements do in modern society. For …show more content…
Confused, Lenina responds with one of the taught hypnopaedic messages: “When the individual feels, the community reels” (94). The message in itself is one of the numerous statements that use repetition, and in this case rhyme of the words “feels/reels,” to imbed moral values in the citizens, taking the bandwagon technique—the use of a group of people to signify the importance of the product—to the extreme. The bandwagon technique implements itself in the citizens, shown when the people follow their peers in order not to feel isolated, thereby reinstating the message. Here, Lenina uses the message as a warning for Bernard to stop thinking about feelings because individual thought is highly condemned and frowned upon in their society. However, Mustapha Mond, the World Controller of Western Europe, is an exception of free thinking. While walking around the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre’s gardens, Mustapha Mond addresses a group of young Alpha men learning about the Centre and its ways. Enraptured, the boys listen eagerly as he explains why society is the way it is. His voice trumpeting, Mond announces, “Stability . . . stability. No civilization without social stability. No social stability without individual stability” (42). Through the use of anadiplosis of the words “social stability”, Mustapha Mond signifies that

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