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Identity Crisis

As man has progressed through the ages, there has been,
essentially, one purpose. That purpose is to arrive at a utopian
society, where everyone is happy, disease is nonexistent, and strife,
anger, or sadness are unheard of. Only happiness exists. But when
confronted with Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, we come to realize
that this is not, in fact, what the human soul really craves. In fact,
Utopian societies are much worse than those of today. In a utopian
society, the individual, who among others composes the society, is
lost in the melting pot of semblance and world of uninterest.
In the science fiction book Brave New World, we are confronted with a
man, Bernard Marx. Bernard is inadequate to his collegues. So he
resorts to entertaining himself most evenings, without the company of
a woman. This encourages his individual thought, and he realizes that
independent thought is rewarding, and that he must strive to become a
real individual. Although this is true to a certain extent, Bernard
does not realize that he would much rather attain social recognition.
At least, not until the opportunity presents itself. Thus, through a
series of events, Bernard uses the curiosity of the society to his
advantage, fulfilling his subconscious wish of becoming someone
important; a recognized name in the jumble of society. This ends when
the curiosity of others ends, and as a supreme result of his arrogant
behaviour, he is exiled. The instigator of this curiosity as
well as the author of Bernard’s fame (and folly), is an outsider know
as the Savage. The Savage is brought in from outside of the utopian
society by Bernard as an experiment. He faces “civilized
society” with a bright outlook, but eventually comes to hate it
bitterly. Lenina, the supporting role of the novel, is the most
pronounced example of the ideal citizen. She adheres to the principles
of the so…


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