Shakespearean Influences in Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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1. Introduction

From the line: “”Oh, wonder! / How many goodly creatures are there here! / How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, / That has such people in ‘t!””, we can see that “Brave New World” is full of references to Shakespeare “The Tempest”. In Huxley’s book, this idea it is expressed by John, the “”Savage”” who was raised on an Indian Reservation, and who, as an adult, is brought to the “”civilized”” World State, which is Huxley’s futuristic bad place.

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John finds it really tragic that people from this futuristic society knows almost nothing about real religion, sacrifice, suffering, literature or arts. So when he quotes Shakespeare he is obviuos ironic, he is not really impressed with the shallow, superficial lives people lives. He finds it sad that people have traded deep relationships for security. People that lives in the World State traded giving up passion, art and freedom for comfort.

Huxley is ironic when he titles his book “Brave New World”. He tries to warn people through his dystopia against allowing this kind of shallow and dehumanizing world to develop.

In dystopian society, people are controlled by the offering of excess pleasure instead of using force.

The meaning of the word brave as we use it nowdays- It doesn’t make much sense in theasedays for any world to be described as ‘ready to face and endure danger or pain or showing courage’ – and this,;neighter Shakespeare and nor Huxley are using the term with this meaning here. Shakespeare was the very first if we consider the entery from the Oxford English Dictionary, to use the common modern sense of brave. So in Henry VI,

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