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""But God doesn't change."
"Men do, though."
"What difference does that make?"
"All the difference in the world," said Mustapha Mond."
That is the thing about dystopian novels - it scares and what is even more frightening is that the reason behind this fear is no one else, but us. I often think that if, for a moment, we drop ourselves from the hurlyburly of our pride, only then we might realise how small and insignificant we are. °
Brave New World was published between the First and the Second World Wars. The sufferings in the world were and continue to be strikingly myriad. The world of the future in Brave New World, the World State, is the accumulation transit of seemingly utopian human desires. Viviparity is not discussed about. Feelings are off-limits. Death is cherished. Everyone belongs to each other and there is no ownership and jealousy in ‘relationships’ as such. This futuristic world seems to cater to the needs of its people. Their distresses are effaced by medical and in general, technological advancements.
Human babies are ‘born’ artificially. They are genetically conditioned. This new world, just like others, is divided into predetermined classes – the difference being that this division is genetically imposed. Earlier this year, I ventured into the thorny world of Greek tragedies wherein, fate acts as the driving force. This fate, in the World State, is the genetic fate.
Books act as perversity in this novel as it does in the few dystopian works I have read. John, “the Savage” as he is often called, is an outsider both for the Reservation and the World State. He is taught to read by his mother. He has nothing but a scientific manual and the complete works of Shakespeare to read from. Devoid of any colligate of human expressions, he relies on the words of the Bard. His quest for truth shatters in this new world and even though he tries to, he can’t separate himself from the prime notions of this new world. His fate, the fate he had chosen, leaves ponderous thoughts in air.
Brave New World is undeniably one of the most thought-provoking books I have read in a really long time. It is an absolute must-read and a very important book. at Bolani, Orissa, India