A brave new world Essay

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A brave new world



A Personal Utopia:
An Analysis of a Key Passage in Brave New World
The key passage of Aldous Huxley’s Brace New World takes place after John has been
arrested and is a conversation with Mond. When John and Mond speak of ideal societies, a
major part of Brave New World, the aspect of human nature which makes us search
continuously for our personal Utopia, becomes apparent. In Mond’s study, the sacrifices
each character makes in order to find a Utopia are interconnected. The search for a
personal Utopia reveals Huxley’s view on human nature of sacrificing everything to live
with self-fulfillment.

The connection of the sacrifices each character makes is shown in the study, helping the
reader understand that it is human nature to sacrifice something to live a more fulfilling
life. One sees that all, except Helmholtz and John, are willing to give up an important
part of them so they can feel fulfilled. Mond is willing to sacrifice the one thing
dearest to him- science. He says he gave it up in hope of Controllership. He got what he
paid for by continuing his interest in science, “By choosing to serve happiness.

Other people’s-not mine.” [235], or by serving stability instead of collapsing the fragile
social structure. At the beginning, Bernard was willing to give up his position in the
new world so he could further his studies in finding a society more suited to his needs;
but, in the end, he did not want to give up his rank and failed in finding an ideal
society.

It becomes apparent that anyone who will not give up a major part of themself will fail in
their quest for a greater society. John is not willing to give up anything, be it
antiques to happiness. In the end, however, he ended up making the ultimate sacrifice-
his life. By ending his life, he escaped into what his society’s religion believed to be
a Utopia; it is better known as heaven. Meanwhile, Helmholtz is able to somewhat adapt to
any surronding and makes the sacrifices as needed, that is the reason he was not biased to
any other cultures. There are still faults in his beliefs, thanks to hynopaedia.
Helmholtz cannot understand Othello, he is not accustomed to the social inability the
book thrives on. He was still by far the most able, and willing, to understand John’s
society.

The characters present in the passage always hope to find a perfect society, although none
can succeed. Helmholtz is a perfect example of this; he sees his position in his society
and, as far as he knew, this was the best society for him (although his thoughts wandered
outside the new world’s limits), and he decides to make the best of what he has. When the
subject of islands appears, one see that the island is a reflection of the search for an
ideal society. Mond wishes he is on an island, but, by controlling moral decisions for
the inhabitants of the new world, he is able to make changes from within. John could
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