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A book cover for Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

A book cover for Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Excerpt from "Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - Review: 'Brave New World is a Scary Depiction of What Could Soon be our Future'" by Aiman A., guardian.co.uk,Thursday 29 March 2012

O brave new world, that hath such people in it!"

Brave New World is a classic - it is a dystopian novel similar in theme to George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. I was recommended to read this book, by my cousin, as I enjoy dystopian novels. Brave New World revolves around the idea of totalitarianism and is set in a futuristic world where a combination of science and pleasure form a rather feudalistic society. This idea of totalitarianism is achieved through test tube babies, and hypnotism, resulting in a pre-ordained caste system consisting of intelligent humans suited to the highest positions and conversely, serf-like beings genetically programmed to carry out menial works. In this world of Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas, and the unfortunate Epsilons, exists drug-induced happiness, caused by what is known as soma. Here, "everyone belongs to everyone else," emphasising the system of forced promiscuity, brainwashed into the people from the moment of birth. At the core of this book is the horrific idea of eugenics and despite being written several decades ago, its message remains valid for our generation.

Link to the full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/mar/29/review-brave-new-world-huxley

 

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