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Aldous Huxley

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          Throughout his books, Aldous Huxley has portrayed many outgoing themes. For example, one of the major themes of Huxley’s Brave New World is how the use of technology controls society. This theme is shown throughout the novel with the rigid control of reproduction through technological and medical intervention, which includes surgically removing the ovaries of women and hypnopaedic conditioning.  The theme of technology controlling society is also shown in the book with the creation of complicated entertainment machines. These machines generate both harmless leisure and the high levels of consumption, as well as the production, which are the basis of the World State’s stability. The drug Soma is a another example of the kind of medical, biological, and psychological technologies that Huxley’s Brave New World emphasizes on.

          In this book, the state uses science as a method of building technology that is able to create a seamless, happy, and superficial world. The state also sensors and limits individualistic scientific research because of the fear that they might be overturned. The government focuses on the happiness and stability of the people. Nonetheless, they still use the results of scientific research, inasmuch as they contribute technologies for controlling purposes, but it does not support science itself. This theme is well connected with another major theme of the government controlling the behavior and actions of its people, with the use of technology starting from birth to death, to preserve its own stability and power.

                Also, an important theme of Brave New World is society as a consumer, who is interested mainly in the materialistic aspect of life. In the novel, individual happiness is defined as the ability to satisfying needs, and success as a society is equated with economic growth and prosperity. In his other major book, Island, Huxley’s major themes and ideas are focused in the Post World War II decades. These themes were also the subject of many of his non-fiction books of essays, which includes Brave New World Revisited, Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, The Doors of Perception, and the Perennial Philosophy. These themes include overpopulation, the concern of the environment, modernization, democracy, mysticism, entheogens, and soma type drugs. In his other major work, Point Counter Point, explores on the themes of de-humanization and the pointlessness of the modern world. The book is has many mismatched couples, people that are committed to psychological and political opposites. Point Counter Point, which is one of Huxley’s longest novels, is full of philosophical arguments, which were some of the things he saw that was going on around the world he was living.