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Brave New World

Brave New World opens in a technically advanced future world.In the beginning, we see the Director of World Hatcheries lead the new hatchery students on a tour of a Conditioning Center in London where babies are produced in bottles and pre-sorted to determine which class level they will be born into.All of the people are products of mass production. "Racks upon racks of numbered test tubes" (Huxely 5) is the only way to describe them before their actual birth. These class levels rank:Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon.There are no parents, and babies are conditioned from birth to learn certain behaviors.All diseases have been eliminated, and when people are feeling down, they just take soma, a wonder drug, much like modern day Prozac.Also, people are conditioned from birth not to love one person, so there is no marriage and most people have many lovers. If one were to not be promiscuous, he or she would be considered an outcast.Children in the World State are conditioned and taught to play erotic games, so that they have no fear of sexual encounters.The United States does not use the fetal alcohol syndrome, Bokanovskification ("ninety-six identical twins" [7]), or hypnopedia to manipulate its population. Instead, it utilizes the human tendency to absorb and accept the traditions of the society for conditioning, allows social mobility to distribute people to their proper places in society, and vies a wide choice of amusements to occupy the time and spare the people unnecessary and painful thought on their conditioning.Some of the essentials of today's happiness include a car, a TV, a stereo, etc.Although many argue that we have a strong freedom of choice and individuality, the fact remains that we are so much like other people that we cannot recognize our own conditioning.We are astonished at the conditioning that takes place in the World State, but in actuality, we are conditioned much …