ALDOUS HUXLEY: BRAVE NEW WORLD
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Brave New World
A Critical Study by : Shakti Batra
One of the most influential and powerful novels written in the twentieth century, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World presents a dystopian vision of a future based on scientific materialism and hedonism. In the new world children are processed genetically in bottles according to their pre-destined intelligence and capability. Learning takes place through hypnopaedia, i.e. Sleep-teaching in order to enforce certain behaviour patterns through suggestion. This is backed up by the legal drug soma that generates in the people a false sense of fulfilment. Bernard Mary, and unhappy Alpha-plus male, who cannot fit into this regimented society, is the protagonist of this nightmarish tale that serves both as a prophecy and a warning.
The present critical study assesses and examines the text and takes up the problems arising therefrom for the benefit of students in our universities.