"Brave New World" By Aldous Huxley

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In society, people wish and pray that emotions and the pain they cause could be erased from human experience. People don't like being responsible for their emotions. However, in Brave New World, Huxley distorts the concept of commitment to prove that all emotions are necessary to being.Without commitment to religion, people become shallow and dehumanized. In Brave New World, Bernard doesn't participate in the Solidarity Service because he wants the change that comes with commitment. Instead, he participates because he "feels" that it's "time for him to do something." Bernard is participating in the emotion and tradition of the service. The other participants are "jumping," "shouting," with "twelve buttocks slabbily resounding." To these participants, it's a game not a lifestyle. In regard to commitment, however, Huxley proves through the Indian Ritual, that there is a price to pay for being committed to your beliefs and religion. The Indian ...view middle of the document...

If a person doesn't experience these emotions than he is dehumanized because he feels nothing.When society lacks commitment to relationships, the result is knowing nothing but the physical. When a person is involved in a relationship, whether it be a marriage or family, the key emotions include passion, anger, responsibility, jealousy, and rejection. Huxley's characters, however, have no concept of these emotions. They believe "everyone belongs to everyone else," and they are happy. They've never heard the ideas of " a promise" or " (living) together for always." They're with different partners every night, and because they were born from test tubes and not wombs, they have no concept of love or family. An example of this is Fanni who couldn't believe that Lenina would want to be " with one man." It is considered "bad form." She wanted to convince Lenina to "try" new things. Another instance is when the Director of Hatcheries gets Linda pregnant but has no desire for commitment that he leaves her unfound in the Indian Reservation and doesn't think twice about it. No guilt, no regret, no desire to even see his child because he experiences no emotion. However, Huxley then introduces the Savage who was raised by his mother and has a passion for Lenina. He proves his commitment to his mother by visiting her in the hospital around the time of her death. The Utopians found this strange and perverted because they had never seen any signs of commitment before. The savage also announces his love for Lenina, but doing all she knew to do , she threw herself at him thinking that's what he meant. By comparing these two societies, Huxley offers another choice for his readers. Society can either know the physical and never be bothered with emotion, or they can encounter emotion but also know the satisfaction and fulfillment of commitment. In light of what we do to those we love today, the physical could be a kinder option. However, this regime of universal well-being would entail our losing something very precious.Huxley creates a society that has no emotion or commitment. Through his distortions, however, he reveals people shouldn't always want what they wish for.

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