Dehumanization in Brave New World . By Olly, Luke, Ben and Kieran. Removing/Controlling Emotions. Loss of Humanity Loss of Intimacy Loss of Morality Loss of Individuality – N o meaning behind creation
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By Olly, Luke, Ben and Kieran
The use of Soma encourages solely positive emotions that allow the user to escape reality and subsequently their problems
Humanity becomes more so predestined and robotic, losing all potential room to improve and better themselves.
John is visiting his mother in hospital, Linda, when the children approach they are relatively perplexed by the woman on her deathbed, this is a good example of the conditioning as if we parallel this to society today death is perceived as an experience of mourning and grievance.
The children are conditioned from birth to commit sexual acts with each other from a very young age.
The purpose is to gain insight not only into what it is to be human but what it would be to lose humanity. Huxley portrays this through various methods of dehumanizing strategies therefore controlling society and prohibiting growth of humanity.
Paul, Jamon, Steph, Eliza, William and Maddi
The citizens of Huxley’s Brave New World are manipulated to ensure the smooth operation of society as a whole. Individual freedoms and passions are forfeited in favour of the greater communal body.
Manipulation begins from the very beginnings of an individuals creation. A perfect ‘formula’ for society has been created and embryos are pre-destined for specific roles. The evolution of technology has allowed the manipulation of these embryos to best suit what the community requires of them. Heat conditioning, oxygen deprivation, and differences in nutritional allowance are just some of the ways the embryos are pre-categorized into the community.
This manipulation continues through hypnopaedic influence throughout the individual’s infancy. Hypnopaedia, or sleep-teaching, further instills the values of society into the individual, from basic morals to views on others. This is dramatically reinforced through almost sickening scientific methods involving electric shocks, harsh noises and other such unpleasant phenomenon.
This conditioning/manipulation ultimately seeks to raise ‘individuals’ whom are a product of the state, the perfect ingredient to maintaining social stability.
The product of this manipulation is ultimately the caste system. Alphas, Betas, Deltas, Gammas and Epsilons are each manipulated in different ways, to produce different individuals suited to the different requirements of the community.
Propagandist techniques enforce the preconditioning of individuals by continuing to manipulate society, to the extent that the individuals do not have the mindset to question it. Those who question society or refuse to conform are seen as ‘decanted differently’ and have the potential to be removed to prevent further harm to the social stability
Individuals are conditioned to continuously stimulate the economy. The people are more products of society, encouraged to embrace consumerism, such as the partaking of activities of which require complex apparatus and the investment of the global economy.
Through these methods of manipulation Huxley has created a society which ultimately functions explicitly, only at the expense of individuality and a deprived free will humanitarian body.
Power is achieved through happiness
Ellie, Jess, Caitlin, Mikaela, Emma and Isabelle Rose