Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Perfect Society

A Brave New World written by Aldous Huxley in 1931 is a novel set in futuristic London, England.  The characters of the novel exist in a so-called "perfect society," or a utopia, where every individual is biologically altered to perfectly fit the predestined role they will play in society.  Different classes of individuals are created to serve above or below one another, such as the Epsilons who perform low-wage jobs and serve under the "clever" Alphas.  However, readers soon find the utopian ideals can create consequences for all of the characters due to their brainwashed personalities.

The story can really resonant with today's society, especially America's well-known obsession with "perfect."  Materialism not only exists in the photoshopped pages of US Weekly, but is a reoccurring theme on reality TV shows on pretty much every network.  But, how much is too much?  What ideals are we planting in the minds of the younger generations of Americans?  Will these ideals of Americans eventually lead to our own country's downfall?

While Aldous Huxley died almost half a century ago, A Brave New World is still cherished today as one of the many brilliant novels that came out of Britain.  Huxley's story is a warning to the world about the destruction societal factors can cause. George Orwell's 1984 and Lois Lowry's The Giver are two other recognized novels with utopian plots.