critical analysis of practical application of utopia in brave

Debra Ackerman
Mrs. Eileen Waite
English III A
11 March 1996
Criticism of Practical Application of Utopia in Brave New World Aldous Huxley\'s Brave New World illustrates the loss of morality when established standards are replaced by amoral criteria. In his novel, Huxley criticizes the practical applications of Utopia in actual society. Huxley\'s depiction of love, science, and religion support the ineffectiveness of implementing Utopia in everyday life.
In Brave New World, Huxley shows contempt for the human emotion of love. The people that make up his imaginary society have no conception of love or any other passion, and actually scorn the idea. Huxley believes that along with passion comes emotional instability. The Utopian state cannot afford any kind of instability and therefore cannot afford love.
The destruction of the family is one example of the effect of Utopia\'s absence of love. In a world of bottled-births, not only is there no need for a family, but the idea is actually considered obscene. The terms "mother" and "father" are extremely offensive and are rarely used except in science.
Huxley uses Mustapha Mond, the World Controller, to portray the vulgarity when he explains the obscenity of life before Utopia to a group of students:
And home was as squalid psychically as physically. Psychically, it was a rabbit hole, a midden, hot with the frictions of tightly packed life, reeking with emotion. What suffocating intimacies, what dangerous, insane, obscene relationships between the members of the family group! (37)
In an earlier passage, Huxley shows the effects of Mond\'s explanation on one boy, "The Controller\'s evocation was so vivid that one of the boys . . . turned pale at the mere description and was on the point of being sick" (36).
In reality, the family unit is the core of society. Huxley realizes the importance of the home and family. A home is where people learn to establish communication and relationships. Without a family, a person cannot learn these relationships which are invaluable in dealing with everyday life in society.
In Utopia, any approach toward monogamy is forbidden and long term sexual relationships are discouraged. In the brave new world, it is taught that "everyone belongs to everyone else." Excessive sex with many partners is considered normal and even expected. In a conversation between two of the female characters, Huxley illustrates Utopia\'s views on monogamy through Fanny Crowne, "I really do think you ought to be careful. It\'s such horribly bad form to go on and on like this with one man" (40). In Huxley\'s Utopia, having sex with only one partner is not acceptable.
Sexual pleasure in this world is greatly degraded. Promiscuity is considered a virtue, unlike actual society where promiscuous women are thought to be trashy and cheap. Children are taught at a young age to be exploratory in their sexual behavior. Children who seem timid and embarrassed about their bodies are taken for psychological testing.
Huxley criticizes the idea of the absence of love in Utopia. In actual society, love is a revered emotion. Our society cannot exist without passion because it is the foundation of all relationships. Unlike Utopia, sexual relationships cannot be degraded because they are the manifestation of love.
Huxley\'s representation of Utopia in terms of technological evolution is a world that is enslaved by science. Everything in this world is owed to science. Huxley refers to scientific manipulation stating, "out of the realm of mere slavish imitation of nature into the much more interesting world of human invention" (12).
Not only are people born, or in this sense created, by scientific means, but they are also conditioned to think and live a certain way through science. Even before babies are born, they are treated to a specific amount of oxygen, or a specific temperature in order for them to be conditioned to fit into a certain caste. In the novel, Henry Foster explains this process to the students saying:
We also predestine and condition. We decant our babies as socialized human beings, as Alphas or Epsilons, as future sewage workers, or future . . . Directors of Hatcheries. (12)
In Brave New World, science and technology are used not to help society, but to control society. From the time that the embryos are in