Criticism of Practical Application of Utopia in "Brave New World"

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Criticism of Practical Application of Utopia in "Brave New World"

Debra Ackerman Mrs. Eileen Waite

Criticism of Practical Application of Utopia in Brave New World Aldous
Huxley's Brave New World illustrates the loss of morality when established standards are replaced by amoral criteria. In his novel, Huxley criticizes the practical applications of Utopia in actual society. Huxley's depiction of love, science, and religion support the ineffectiveness of implementing Utopia in everyday life.

In Brave New World, Huxley shows contempt for the human emotion of love.
The people that make up his imaginary society have no conception of love or any other passion, and actually scorn the idea. Huxley believes that along with
passion
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In Utopia, any approach toward monogamy is forbidden and long term sexual relationships are discouraged. In the brave new world, it is taught that
"everyone belongs to everyone else." Excessive sex with many partners is considered normal and even expected. In a conversation between two of the female characters, Huxley illustrates Utopia's views on monogamy through Fanny
Crowne, "I really do think you ought to be careful. It's such horribly bad form to go on and on like this with one man" (40). In Huxley's Utopia, having sex with only one partner is not acceptable. Sexual pleasure in this world is greatly degraded. Promiscuity is considered a virtue, unlike actual society where promiscuous women are thought to be trashy and cheap. Children are taught at a young age to be exploratory in their sexual behavior. Children who seem timid and embarrassed about their bodies are taken for psychological testing. Huxley criticizes the idea of the absence of love in Utopia. In actual society, love is a revered emotion. Our society cannot exist without passion because it is the foundation of all relationships. Unlike Utopia, sexual relationships cannot be degraded because they are the manifestation of love. Huxley's representation of Utopia in terms of technological evolution is a world that is enslaved by science. Everything in this world is owed to science. Huxley refers to scientific manipulation stating, "out

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