A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is an effective book, which is set in a futuristic time. The book has twists and turns, captivating and intriguing the readers, making them want to read more. By taking aspects of real life, Huxley makes it a possibility that a fictional book can become reality. It does not seem futuristic now, but it is still relevant to life now and in the future. More than seventy-five years after it was written, A Brave New World, is still a good read.
Captivating with twists and turns is one way Huxley makes his book effective. As the readers begin to delve further into the book they find that there is not only one protagonist but two. The two protagonists are Bernard Max and John. Bernard is the first protagonist until he visits the reservation, then John is introduced into the story. This brings a whole new character and story into the book. When John is introduced into the book, he is not only a new character, but also new to the society. He is an outsider who was raised on Shakespeare. Even though John is brought up well, he follows Shakespeare’s morals; thus, he ends his life due to his inner conflicts. Another twist is when readers discover that in this society, all babies are “test tube” babies.
As the readers begin to study the book, they discover that Huxley puts many aspects of ordinary, or real, life into his book. Even though the book is a utopia, the society still judges people by their origins, for example:
... a cracking sound as the neck is twisted. Instead of writing the neck cracked. The reader would see "CRACK." Usually the lettering ... the comic which is sometimes important to a comic book. A comic book outline is something like this. The first aspect of ... now it turns out he has been messing up his life by having his infant daughter killed during her birth and ...
[quote:0ea0c73040]Alpha children wear grey. They work much harder than we do, because they’re so frightfully clever. I’m awfully glad I’m a Beta, because I don’t work so hard. And then we are much better than the Gammas and Deltas. Gammas are stupid. They all wear green, and Delta children wear khaki. Oh no, I don’t want to play with Delta children. And Epsilons are still worse. They’re too stupid to be able to read or write. Besides they wear black, which is such a beastly colour. I’m so glad I’m a Beta.[/quote:0ea0c73040] (Huxley 27)
As you can see in the quote above, people are put into classes like a caste system. Similarly to life, this book has a ying and a yang. Although it is portrayed as a utopia, the society is really considered a dystopia. Hence, in every futuristic utopia themed book, it is never really utopia, just like in real life. Consequently there cannot be a right without a wrong. Furthermore, this book shows how this works.
A final reason why this book is effective is due to the nature and relevance to life. The book is so well tuned to life in the future that it will continue to be a good read. Even though it is not futuristic now, it still shows how the world may evolve. For instance, when life gets overwhelming for John, he kills himself – “The mockery made him feel an outsider; and feeling an outsider he behaved like one…” (Huxley 65) Another example is how one government rules how everyone acts, thinks, and works:
[quote:0ea0c73040]Till at last the child’s mind is these suggestions, and the sum of the suggestions is the child’s mind. And not the child’s mind only. The adult’s mind too-all his life long. The mind that judges and desire and decides-made up of these suggestions. But all these suggestions are our suggestions… Suggestions from the State.[/quote:0ea0c73040] (28-29)
In this society, everyone will even be able to create their own babies. The book makes the reader think, which happens to be the best thing a book can do.
Although Huxley wrote A Brave New World in 1932, it is still an amazing book. Or you book up to date and intrigues the reader with its twists and turns. Aspects of real life are injected into the text to make it feel more authentic than to lead the reader to believe in the possibility that his fictional novel come true. Although futuristic when it was written more than seventy-five years ago, A Brave New World now has little effect on the present.
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Huxley, Aldous. A Brave New World. London: Chatto and Windus, 1932.