Technology may advance but personality traits remain constant

In A Brave New World, Aldous Huxley tells a story of a seemingly sterile and concrete society, in which structure and regularity play an important role in governing and deciding the actions of its citizens; this novel takes an ignorant poke at the future, while capturing certain aspects of human traits and characteristics. The characters and events in the novel are based on assumptions of technological and cultural advancements that Huxley perceived during his time. The novel starts out describing to us the setting and tone; Huxley describes a Hatchery, where the citizens of The World State are all cloned into different castes: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, or Epsilon. Each succeeding castes plays a less physical and intellectual role in the World State, than the next.  Throughout the novel different characters emerge; each of these characters play the parts of a certain persona in the society.  There are also world controllers of the state, who serve as the powerful and political roles in the World state. The story ends off with one of the characters succumbing to the pressures he faces, and hangs himself.

 Huxley successfully illustrates a futuristic view on different personalities of not only a society but also the different aspects of a person. He creates each of his characters based on a particular trait that lives in every human being. These traits might be more visible in some than others but the DNA for these traits lives in us all. He uses different characters as puzzle pieces; when you fit all the characters together you get a complete picture, or a complete person. We can relate to an aspect of every one of his characters, whether it is Linda, the promiscuous girl who drugs herself so she doesn’t have to deal with her problems, or Bernard, the misunderstood and confused. When meeting these characters, we can associate with them, and understand their role in the World State. It is Huxley’s ability to create this holistic picture that has deemed his book a continual success.

The fact that advancements in time and technology cannot recreate different types of personalities and character traits is what makes Huxley’s novel of this utopia world so popular; these traits are just re-inhabited in different people.  A Brave New World has become and remained so successful because with each year, as one audience dies, a new one is born; with that birth, breeds, in every human being, those same traits. It is the sensation that we get from relating to the traits that has kept Huxley’s novel in the eye’s of readers in the past, present and future.


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