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Aldous Huxley

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          The writing style of Aldous Huxley is quite dynamic. His writing style has evolved from his early youth until he died. The characteristic of his writing style has changed from his first novel Crome Yellow to his last one, Island. His early writings were formal and “aristocratic” in the formality due to his intellectual upbringing and studies. However, as his books progressed so did his writing style to a more colloquial one. Although his style was not colloquial all the way in character, his style and sentence structure was not so much for the scholarly person anymore. His sentences were easier to understand, yet still profound in its meaning.

            Furthermore, the tone and feelings he expressed in his earlier works also changed to his later ones. At the beginning, Aldous Huxley used to write in a sort of negative manner and reserved satire and with sardonic tones. For example, one sees such negative views of the world in his masterpiece Brave New World. In this book, the world and society is governed by the government and their control of people through technological innovations as well as drugs. However, in his novel Island, Huxley has already changed his philosophy of life with his experiences of mysticism and Eastern philosophy; hence this book portrays a dystopia, and more happy individuals. Although his satirical manners are still present in Island, he now has a grown overtone.

            Moreover, Huxley also utilizes descriptive language in his works, especially when he describes violence. For example, in Brave New World, he writes of the Indian savage who hanged himself, and the way he described the swaying of the savage’s feet going from side to side, was very grotesque. Much of this descriptive violence is portrayed in Huxley’s early writings, which can correlate with his skepticism and cynical view of the world at that time. Another of his early work which shows such violence is in Eyeless in Gaza, where a dog falls from an airplane and explodes on a roof, and the blood and pieces of the exploded dog falls all over a naked couple.