Coming into a world where you are able to choose what you want to become can get very stressful once starting to become a teenager. As we age year by year we are to be put up with many things on our shoulders. Deciding on things that we can’t have other individuals decide for us may become very frustrating to us. As in Brave New World, the people in those societies are given and guaranteed a path for their life, starting when being young. As of a young age they are already being controlled, being put into incubators. Being in lifestyle that is controlled wouldn’t be the same as life were you are able to choose what you want to pursue in. Even though there maybe be a rough path into our lives it is always better to be different than the people around us.
Living in the life that I am living in today, has a huge variety compared to the way the people in Brave New World live. In our world we aren’t controlled on the way we need to live life and not to be programmed and resisted to do certain things. The story takes place in “Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre”(Chapter 1,pg.1) in small short letters it says the motto “Community, Identity, Stability.” First when thinking of a hatchery you might think of animals in particular chickens however, it is humans. In the book of chapter One it states, “Bent over their instruments, three hundred Fertilizers were plunged as the Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning entered the room”(Chapter 1,pg. 4). In the term Fertilizers is just another saying of humans, these humans are controlled since their births since given to the brief description of the humans being very young, pink and callow. Throughout the book they start to explain the types of societies in Brave New World; Alphas, Betas, Gammas Deltas, and Epsilons. Before being places in two the societies they would be predestine and condition into the society that well fit them. The Alphas or Epsilons were to be as “future sewage workers” or “future Directors of Hatcheries” while the Epsilon mind wasn’t mature at ten, their bodies were not fit to work till the age of eighteen. A connection that can be made to today’s world would be the decision of going to school. As we start going to school at a young age, we are programmed to go to school until we get our degrees in the careers that we want to pursue. We are told that if we don’t chase the passion we will not be able to maintain a normal living life without a degree. The temptation to live in Brave New World comes into play with the decisions that we have to make as we get older. In Brave New World you are already set a path that will fit throughout the test you do to see into what society you get to be in.
In Brave New World they choose what you are going to do rather than being set out alone and figuring things on your own. As said earlier if you are placed into the Alphas or Epsilons you would become a future sewage worker or a future Directors of Hatcheries. Living the life that the people live in Brave New World do not get judge as easily as we do in our era of our world. If someone is not the way they should be they tend to get judged about such as; people with acne, people with their weight problems, and the way they act for their age. In Brave New World, they do a process called the Bokanovsky’s Process which, “ One egg, one embryo, one adult….. From eight to ninety-six buds, and every bud will grow into a perfectly formed embryo, and every embryo into a full-sized adult.”(Chapter 1,pg,6). Creating the same ninety-six identical twins allows everyone to be the exact same. With everyone being the same, there is less of judgements to one another because everyone is exactly the same and they all look the same because they’re twins.
When living in an era that we are living in today, causes scare to the human body. No matter how healthy we try to eat or maintain our health we will always get sick because of the way the world is today. Even if being on a good diet or on strict healthy style, we still are able to get sick. With the production of foods and the way they are made causes a lot of illnesses to the human body. Living in Brave New World, they always seem to be healthy because of the experiments the scientists did to the people. In the book it states, ‘That’s because we don’t allow them to be like that. We preserve them from diseases. We keep their internal secretions artificially balanced at a youthful equilibrium. We don’t permit their magnesium-calcium ratio to fall below what it was at thirty. We give them a transfusion of young blood. We keep their metabolism permanently stimulated”(Chapter 7,pg.111). The people in Brave New World are much stronger and healthier than the people today because their bodies have been improved by scientists. Knowing that I will not get sick and not catch a serious disease such as; cancer, diabetes, and a stroke would make me feel much better about my future. When becoming old we tend to get a lot of pain such as back pain, there are even kids in their teenage years who experience back pain. Living in a world were diseases and illnesses are not to be know seems to be more of a positive aspect, knowing that you are going to live life longer.
In today’s world temptations from being on technology for too long than rather being outside and enjoying yourself. In today’s world I feel like I have drawn myself into technology way too much. When going anywhere I am always using some sort of technology rather than enjoying my alone time. With the bigger advantage of technology I feel like I don’t really learn as much as I used to because of the progression of technology. Now if you don’t know anything you are able to search up however, before the improvement of technology we would have to figure it out in our own way. In the book it states, “Twenty children were grouped in a circle round a chrome steel tower. A ball thrown up so as to land on the platform at the top of the tower rolled down into the interior, fell on a rapidly revolving disk, was hurled through one or other of the numerous apertures pierced in the cylindrical casing, and had to be caught”(). In Brave New World they are able to have fun with anything around them, just as we did as we were kids. Since the improvement of technology I feel like I have limited my ways of creating fun, because the cellphone is such a huge distraction. Without technology others are able to interact with one and another face to face. In today’s world I am limited to the people that I can interact face to face without having a phone in site.
In Brave New World, their emotions and identity are the same as everyone else in the different types of the societies. If they were all to be different the community wouldn’t be able to function. All the citizens lack of emotions, which they are told to be taken the drug soma. In the story it briefly describes how the people would feel when taking the drug soma, “Eyes shone, cheeks were flushed, the inner light of universal benevolence broke out on every face in happy, friendly smiles.”(Chapter 5,pg.81). In order for the characters to feel joy they are made to take the drug soma, immediately after the drug has left their immune system they go back to being normal, lack of emotions. Instead of having to have them take a drug to have sense of enjoyment, give them a hobby to have. For instance like playing a sport or going to the gym to have them get better of themselves. When going to the gym and seeing improvements and a slight change of the body, brings a sense of joy to all of us. Being able to achieve happiness on your own effort rather than having to take a drug would make it better to feel joyment. In the book it states, “No wonder these poor pre-moderns were mad and wicked and miserable. Their world didn’t allow them to take things easily, didn’t allow them to be sane, virtuous, happy”(Chapter 3,pg.41). Not being able to feel emotions without taking the drug called soma must be a devastating life to live. No other feeling beats the feeling of happiness, it keeps people running throughout the days. With having no clue of emotions or feelings, we wouldn’t know how to care about things. We would be doing things that we primarily wouldn’t be doing if we didn’t have emotions.
As we live in a house where we have our own rooms and bathrooms, Brave New World has it differently. In the book it states, “Home, home-a few small rooms, stiflingly over-inhabited by a man, by a periodically teeming woman, by a rabble of boys and girls of all ages. No air, no space; an understerilized prison; darkness, disease, and smells”(Chapter 3,pg. 37). In Brave New World they are made to sleeptight next to each other with no privacy at all. Seeing how people live their lives in the book makes you want to be grateful with the things you have in your life that they don’t have. Being able to have your own room and bathroom is something that everyone should take for granted, it is a serious matter. As shown in the book, these kids would sleep side by side having little to nothing room.
The descriptions given in Brave New World seem like they have say at all, they’re limited to the things they are able to do. In our world we have all the freedom we want, being able to do anything that we perhaps choose to do. Throughout the story all the people seem to be exactly the same, all the societies that are listed. With the scientists finding out new ways for people to live longer makes it seem that no one is going to die from natural causes. The deaths that happen throughout the book seem to be people getting killed through the drug, soma. In Brave New World, everything is assigned to you since the day you were born. To stay in what society your were assigned with. It’s already planned and assigned to you what you are going to be doing for the rest of your life, there is no changes that can be made.
To wrap it all up, Brave New World seems like a place that I wouldn’t want to be around for. Even though with the things happening to us in this era, I would gladly stay in the place where I am today. Not being controlled and choosing what I would want to be is a lot better then being told what to do and not being able to choose what society you are to be in.