The word feelie appeared in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, as a form of motion picture that provides the sensation of touch in addition to sight and sound. The word suggests a logical extension to the moving picture (“movie”) and the talking picture (“talkie”), and suggests an entertainment form with an incredible level of sensation but with minimal substance.
Another principle is that people should have no emotions, particularly no painful emotions; blind happiness is necessary for stability. One of the things that guarantees happiness is the “feelies,” movies that reach your sense of touch as well as your sight and hearing.
The people of this world, born from test tubes and divided into five castes, are docile and happy, kept occupied by elaborate games like obstacle golf, entertainments like the “feelies,” and sexual promiscuity. Disease is nonexistent, old age and death made as pleasant as possible so they can be ignored.
The “feelies” are a common form of entertainment. The audience sees, hears, smells, and feels a sort of action-adventure adult movie. Casual sex is a third popular way to spend spare time. Since “everybody belongs to everyone else,” commitment is a non-issue.
Freedom in this society has been sacrificed for what Mustapha Mond calls happiness. Indeed almost all of Huxley’s characters, save Bernard and the Savage, are content to go to the feelies (the superficial substitute for actual life), and live their mindless, grey lives
before hollywood, the most powerful and interested motion picture developers tried to merge together in order to create maximum profit and monopolise the up and coming industry. This was known as the motion pictures patents company (1908) But the company failed. Why? It was thought that they had concentrated too much on the production side of film-making. Until 1903, film makers would sell prints ...
Soma is a popular drug in the book. It provides an easy escape from the problems of daily life and is employed by the government as a method of control. Everyone in the novel is shown to use it at some point, in various situations: sex, relaxation, concentration, confidence. It calms people and gets them high at the same time, without any hangovers or side effects.
Huxley believed in the possibility of a drug that would enable people to escape from themselves and help them achieve knowledge of God, but he made soma a parody and degradation of that possibility. With increasing levels of stress and depression in this country it is disheartening that medicine has not yet found a Soma solution. Perhaps Huxley’s idea of a Utopian society where there only exists happiness isn’t realistic, because without sadness there does not exist happiness. And in a perfect society, humans do not need to resort to drugs to keep society in balance. The soma helps to keep the society moving, always working to keep production moving. However, there’s something wrong with depending on a drug to keep a society working.
Technology has the prospect of being liberating to us in many ways but we can also become slaves or technology can become our master. Within the context of the Brave New World, technology has really overrun its bounds, and lost its human purposes.
The word comes from the Sanskrit language of ancient India. It’s an intoxicating drink used in the old Vedic religious rituals there and the plant from whose juice the drink was made- a plant whose true identity we don’t know.
Soma is a symbol of the powerful influence of science and technology on society. As a kind of “sacrament,” it also represents the use of religion to control society. Contrary to what Marx said about religion being the opium of the people, in the brave new world soma is the religion of the people.
Also sex is a very important source of happiness in Brave New World. Ever since they were children, the Society learned them in their sleep that everyone belongs to everyone else. And that’s the same way with sex. The society says you can have sex with any partner you want, or with any partner who wants you. So everybody can have sex with everybody.
There are many different types of religions in this world. Some of them are monotheistic, meaning that they only believe in one God, and some are polytheistic. Some examples of world religions are Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and Confucianism. Most of these religions have been practiced for years and they are still practiced today.Judaism is oldest known monotheistic religion still practiced in ...
In this Utopia, true love doesn’t exict, because that could lead to neurotic passions and the establishment of family life.
So nobody is allowed to become pregnant. Because that could lead to family life. And of course because nobody is born, only decanted from a bottle. Luckily, many women are born sterile by design, nevertheless there are some exceptions. Those who are not born sterile must use contraceptives !
Stability is one of the primary values in the Brave New World and is created with different means. Biologically, stability is created with the Bokanovsky Process. That process ensures that people will look the same and it also eliminates any form of personal identity and individuality. Chemically, stability is created by soma. And together with the psychological solution for stability being conditioning and hypnopaedia, the government does it very best to create robots instead of people even though these means are all meant to make everyone happy.
Big threats to this social stability are religion and art. Religion is destabilizing because it could undermine the ideology, morality and ethics from the Brave New World. The government overcomes religion by providing a kind of substitute namely soma, by eliminating any need for consolation or explanation of purpose and by replacing God with the image of society. Art is destabilizing because it could inspire people to see the world in ways that can’t easily be controlled and because art creates emotions and emotions are forbidden.