One of the noticeable things about this novel at its conclusion is that you don't really find any fully likable characters. While most novels have a clear and defined party you should sympathize with and join for the journey throughout the work Brave New World does not. Lenina, John, and Bernerd all have appalling or ironic behavior that make them difficult to like. The other characters, while developed and rich are even worse. This isn't a bad thing but an interesting story telling device.
I would recommend this book if for nothing than the rich setting and elaborate world Huxley has created. It is an amazing feat to construct this entire world and develop laws and ideas. While other science fiction of this nature clearly defines the future as Utopian or distopian this story does not, and that is one of its strengths. We see the negative and the positive and how the people of this society cling to the new way of life, fight for it and can't perceive alternate ways of doing things. It is amusing, entertaining and thought provoking.
Undertones of communism, dictatorship, democracy and others are present in our characters from their names to their actions. The introduction of Soma, the drug that keeps the new world from pain and in a "happy" state is an excellent model of what could happen should hedonism prevail. The feeling films, and death conditioning are all small elements that I won't describe in preventing a spoiler but they make the novel more real and rich.
I can't fully know what the message of this work was but it makes you think enough that you can determine how you feel about future society on your own. I recommend.
Another excellent example of a negative utopia which generally is named in the same breath as Orwell's 1984...but there is very little in common beyond that. The book opens by showcasing it's perfection of societal division, where social groupings and career roles are predetermined by a eugenics program implemented after years of research and development. As well, within the opening introduction, we discover that the old social mores and customs have been eliminated … more
John and Mond debate the value of the World State’s policies, John arguing that they dehumanize the residents of the World State and Mond arguing that stability and happiness are more important than humanity. Mond explains that social stability has required the sacrifice of art, science, and religion. John protests that, without these things, human life is not worth living. Bernard reacts wildly when Mond says that he and Helmholtz will be exiled to distant islands, and he is … more
To me, Brave New World and 1984 are two sides to the same dystopian coin, but it's 1984 that tends toward popularity and glory, while Brave New World is often only discovered by people who are already fans of the science fiction genre and looking to expand their classics reading. I, too, am guilty of this and only discovered Brave New World a few years ago. Now I say to myself "How can you call yourself a Science Fiction fan without having read this (and … more
Brave New World is often compared to the better known 1984 dystopian novels which describe a future run by an overbearing government. Brave New World was actually written first and in my opinion is the worse of the two but that does not mean it is a bad book by any means. The story tells the tale of a future where human beings are no longer conceived but instead cloned and have been categorised into pre-determined roles due to controlled levels of intelligence - alphas, … more