Brave New World: In Review

From the very beginning of, “Brave New World” author, Aldous Huxley captivates the reader with his enticing plot line and subject matter. The story begins in a Hatchery for humans in the year, 2540 a.d, where society has developed a way of producing and “conditioning” humans in laboratories to acquire specific intellectual and physical levels as well as programming morals and removing strong emotions. There is no such thing as aging due to the affects of a drug, “Soma” which is also used to stimulate “Happiness”. Bernard Marx is different from the others, he wants to get away from this society and witness a different way of life. On a trip to the Savage Reservation where life is simpler and everyone lives life freely, he meets an intriguing mother and her son. Bernard returns with them to the “Brave New World”, a decision which causes fate to fall down upon them. 

Throughout the book, the reader becomes engaged in the story by Huxley’s strong use of descriptive language. For example, at the beginning of the book, Huxley creates a strong, sensory image of the hatchery by vividly describing colours and texture like, “Pale corpse-coloured rubber” and “Yellow barrels of… a rich and living substance, lying along the polished tubes like butter.” The type of language Huxley uses consumes the reader with sounds and images that are roll over the tongue and ease into the mind.

 Even though this is a science-fiction novel, readers of the general public can enjoy and relate their own society to Huxley’s novel. Regardless of the fact that it was first published in 1932, it still manages to remain current and relatable to this day. Many of Huxley’s frightening predictions of a futuristic society have become true already. His unique perspective encourages the thought that the rest could, including the removal of all personal liberties, which is uncomfortable but intriguing to the reader. Another current issue in society that’s touched on in this book is the media and their effect on people in the public eye. Huxley’s concepts of society make the reader uncomfortable but entice them to keep reading.

Huxley writes in a fluid and relaxed, but concise style. “Brave New World” is written in clear font with appropriate spacing. It is in third person narrative which allows the reader to feel as one with the story. Another captivating feature is the character development throughout the story, “Bernard Marx…[and] Mustapha Mond” are just a couple of the interestingly named and dynamic characters interacting in the novel. In addition to a humorously sarcastic undertone, this book makes for an exciting and enchanting read.

Overall, “Brave New World” is an intelligently written book that continues to successfully adapt to modern society years after it was written. Its’ coherent and riveting plotline (Including an appeasing ending) keep the reader engaged in the material. I enjoyed this book and the issues affecting our world today that it raises for discussion. I recommend it to science-fiction fans, people concerned with society and civil liberties, as well as any fiction readers looking for something unique and thought-provoking.

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