A couple pages into reading this book I knew it was going to be like something I have never read before. As strange things kept making their way into the chapters, I continued to wonder how these certain topics would make sense in on coming pages. It soon would make sense the more I read, but at the same time it is completely ridiculous. Topics jump back and forth, and things that you wouldn’t think are possible, are. Finishing this book it brought me to the idea on how different our society could really be and the different possibilities of dynamics.
To start, the setting Brave New World focuses on the idea of being a futuristic and idealistic society. As the author focused on the book being a dystopia, the setting had many twists that may or not be possible for the future. As the whole story setting is based off the idea of people being created in labs, with thousands of people looking the same, it carries and effects the whole setting of the book. Through chapters, it continues to mention how there are not to be mothers or fathers, and is frowned upon. Anyone who had become a mother or father on accident in the “normal world”, are sent to a small society fenced off from the world. These fenced off society’s, known as savage reservations, there are normal people, people like us today. People in these reservations get sent there due to punishment, or people grow up there and believe that is the proper way to live.
Lastly, criticism played a very strong role towards all characters throughout this book. There were musts, and if you do not participate in those, then you are off to a savage reservation because you would be counted as “different”. There was a continuous amount of drug usage to contain sexual behavior, as well as an every citizen not being able to choose their own life. It was normal to interact with people in sexual games at a very young age, infants are taught to not like certain things, like flowers for example, just because that is what you must do to keep society straight. There were such drugs known as soma, soma is what people would take to feel happy, and to a certain amount taken, they would have the feelies. Soma would have people ignore the society around them and not notice how terrible it really was, they would feel brainwashed in a way to continue living “happy”.
Overall, this novel has given me an idea how no matter what our society looks like, it is never going to be perfect, because it’s impossible. Nothing is perfect, not even humans, there is always going to be someone to be against any choice made. People are going to be doing other things like soma, to distract themselves to that they can’t pay attention to how awful the real world is.