In a futuristic society based on pleasure without moral repercussions, Aldous Huxley places a few oddball characters to stir up the plot. With eugenics at its core, thisnovel harkens back to Shakespeare's "The Tempest," where Miranda says, "O brave new world, that hath such people in it." Aldous Huxley published "Brave New World" in 1932. He was already established as adrama critic and novelist of such books as "Crome Yellow (1921), "Point Counter Point" (1928), and "Do What You Will" (1929). He also was well-known to many of the other great writers of his day,including the members of the Bloomsbury Group (Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster, etc.) and D.H. Lawrence.
Even though "Brave New World" is now considered a classic, the book was criticized for a weak plotand characterization when it was first published. One review even said, "Nothing can bring it alive." Along with the poor and mediocre review, Huxley's book has also become one of the most frequentlybanned books in literary history. Book banners have cited "negative activities" (undoubtedly referring to the sex and drugs) in the book as reason enough to prevent students from reading the book.What World is This?
This Utopian/dystopian future offers soma and other carnal pleasures, while manipulating the people into mind-numbing dependence. Huxley explores the evils of a seeminglysatisfied and successful society, because that stability is only derived from the loss of freedom and personal responsibility. Part of what has made this book so controversial is the very thing that hasmade it so successful. We want to believe that technology has the power to save us, but Huxley shows the dangers as well.
John claims the "right to be unhappy." Mustapha says it's also "the right togrow old and ugly and impotent; the right to have syphilis and cancer; the right to have too little to eat; the right to be lousy; the right to live in constant apprehension of what might happen...