Society over time changes its meaning of identity, child parent dynamics, and social interaction among its members. The brave new world examines how changes in our understanding of what it means to be a parent, child, friend and partner come from different things like a shift in culture, mob mentality, social dynamics, and values. What you are as a person is shaped on what society teaches, what you see others doing with that level of identity(peer pressure) and your distinct view. In other words you will repel or accept society’s definition of you. If the society you grew up through will then teach you a standard to judge others by how similar their definition of society is in relation to the one you were first exposed to or how they react to the conditioning they were in. Every community has a way to provide and maintain morality within its community. Based on this it is fair to say there is a community of people who unite to have sex and consume drugs but there is no any social associations and thus this community by definition has no societies in it. These complex relations between morality and society can be applied to Aldous Huxley’s dystopic the brave new world.
Aldous Huxley tries to show the reader that there is little to no chance of being a parent without knowing what it means to be a parent by taking Linina from the utopian society to the indian reservation and making her a mother. Some might argue that the maternal instincts exist despite there being no lessons and examples on how to be a mother how ever it is safe to assume that the genetic engineering that goes on in the brave new world could be used to remove instincts like the maternal instinct since the people in charge want to stop the formation of an ingroup and outgroup dynamics.
Aldous Huxley could be trying to show the average reader that life is made up of repeating cycles where human beings do the things that others did do to them and stopping the cycle once could mean losing your humanity. Aldous Huxley wanted to show us how society acts after taking away some procedures and stages of life. By making no parenting exist he puts Lenina on a role that she has no idea about and show us that she was unwilling to do anything because she was not conditioned to accept challenges in life but she instead chooses to use addiction as a way of escaping reality. learning positive parenting by showing the reader how bad a parent who does not know what it means to be a parent can be. Lenina as a character shows the reader many things including a dysfunctional family due to failed parenting. Lenina’s failed parenting is a direct result of denial as a defense mechanism. Since it is a shame to have a child in that society Lenina feels a sense of guilt whenever she see`s John, and this sense of guilt makes her wish that she couldn’t have him getting involved in her life since his existence is a reminder that she is immoral according to that society. On the other hand she has no experience with parenting and thus she does not know what it means to be a parent. Perhaps she might even not know that she is a parent since she feels more comfortable with being ignorant. She is is conditioned to ignorant be from her childhood since she was in a society that believes that ignorance is bliss . The durring her death tells us that she called John “Pop” which shows us that she has gone from denial to repression or forgetting that he had even existed . By the end the reader question whether one can teach what he or she did not learn and gets the obvious answer that experience is a key educator. John lived in the indian reservation where he learnt about the child parent dynamics from seeing how members of that community treated each member of their family rather than from his mother who does not care about his feelings. John is ready to be a child unlike Lenina who is not ready to be a parent since she comes from an environment that does not help her learn about that.
Community, Identity, Stability is the motto of the brave new world. That explains the world’s dominant goals at that point of time . Community is partly an outcome of identity and stability. It is also achieved through a religion that derides Christianity, and encourages people to reach fraternity through sexual wild party. This is achieved through a well arranged life in order for a person to almost never be alone. Identity is primarily a result of genetic engineering in this world. This Society is categorized into five hereditary social groups. In the lower three groups, people are cloned in order to manufacture up to ninety six identical “twins.” Identity is also got as a result of teaching each and everyone to conform, so that someone who has or feels more than a minimum of individuality is isolated, and made feel as if he or she is almost an outcast. Stability is the third of the three objectives, but it is the one that characters mention a lot of times as the reason for organizing and making society this way. The wish for stability, for example, brings about the production of wide numbers of genetically indistinguishable “individuals,” because people who are alike are less likely to get in a conflict. Stability means minimizing dispute, hazard, and change. This world has clearly failed to achieve all the above goals and thus has gone from a utopia to a dystopia. This community’s interest might have forced the majority to confirm to the lifestyle but it eventually did not manage to stop Bernard Marx from being born or even stop John from being born. It is a brave new world yet not brave enough to celebrate individuality. The brave new world sounds very great when you first hear of it but at the end it is a bad world that is just as dirty as the real world. Aldous Huxley is showing the reader the beautiful part of the brave new world and then later showing the reader the dirty part of it in order to make the reader learn to not judge a book by its cover or a place by its motto.
At the Brave New World unions, companionships, and love are not conventional concepts. No one understands what all this things mean excluding John who learns love from reading shakespeare’s work but still fails to express it because of the trauma he faced from watching people mistreating his mother and failing to find a world that would accept him . In the Brave New World everyone is conditioned to have sex and to reduce their emotional attachments or commitments to anyone that they meet because it isn’t acceptable. In our world today premarital sex is not that much accepted in most of our societies but in the brave new world marriage is the one thing that society does not accept. It is Believed in our world that one should wait till they are married but in Brave New World, it is perfectly normal to have sex with whoever and whenever you want. Because John is from the Indian Reservation, where there is marriage companionship and love. When Lenina tries to have sex with him to express to him how much she admires him he thinks she is an “impudent strumpet” (196) and a “Damned whore” (194) because he comes the indian reservation where they believe in staying pure until marriage.
No one in this dystopian world really understands the concept of family excluding john who had experience with from seeing how people in the indian reservation treated those of their kind and what shakespeare says about families. When John is bothered during the time when he finds out his mother is in the hospital, no one can understand why he is so upset and they were shocked to know that he actually had a mother because no one else had a family because that wasn’t expected in the new world. The concept of Family in our world is completely normal and in fact even essential in our society. Today, when you hear that someone has grown up without a family it is almost shocking to think of the things that person might have gone through. In the brave new world is perfect to be sterile but in this world for many centuries having children had been a sign of blessing, wealth and dignity. By making john produced from members of this community Aldous Huxley is trying to tell the reader that human breading can not be stopped even while using the resources they had, and humanity is partly what we learn but also partly something we can not control.
This novel portrays a dystopia where an all-powerful federation controls the conduct and actions of its community in order to conserve its own security, safety and power. The government’s power in the Brave New World is maintained through technological interventions that start before birth and last until death, and that actually change what people want and how they react to their needs. The authorities of Brave New World retain control by making the citizens so cheerful and seemingly contended that they neglect their “individuality” and personal freedom. In Brave New World the result of an authoritarian government that controls are a loss of self-worth , moral codes, ethics, and controllable feelings. In the brave new world soma has replaced the role of christianity it actually calls soma “christianity without tears”. When we apply osho law of religion this becomes the only thing that is not counter to human nature since the amount of soma you use depends on your desire and need to take it rather than a commandment from a higher authority. This becomes a flip to our world because in osho’s philosophy religion should not be a social phenomenon since religion is love and love is an individual’s choice rather than organized group hysteria. This imaginary world has love as social phenomenon and religion (soma) as an individual choice unlike our world which has religion as a social phenomenon and love as an individual choice. Aldous Huxley is trying to comment on secularism and the impact of geography in religious choices you make, because people in this world have only soma as an option while people in the Indian reservation have plenty of choices. In short the book is about those born to a world they don’t belong to but still have to face society and try to push those below them to get acceptance. A book is usually a reaction and reflection of society’s actions since writers consider their experiences while writing their books. In short Aldous Huxley`s book was a reaction and reflection to societies their way of operating and conducting morals and how human nature makes us react to different things.