I put Brave New World on the trash list in the Classics Room because I thought the storyline was irritating. Sometimes when I read a story containing weird and demented ideas it makes me wonder about the mentality of the person who first thought of it. So for a long time after reading Brave New World, I just thought Aldous Huxley was a very sick man – – a Hitler wannabe. Anyone who told me it was a very good book was judged by me as either also being sick or not really having read the story closely. But before I put it in the trash bin in front of the entire World Wide Web, I gave Brave New World another chance and read it again. This time I was a little more educated as to the history of the industrial world. This knowledge made the meaning of the story much more understandable.
In the early 1900’s, Henry Ford was the first to come out with the assembly line method of production when he came up with the Model T. Fifteen million of them were produced, all black. It was the beginning of an infinite era of mass production. In the decades to follow, nearly everything sold was duplicated on an assembly line. Eventually, some assembly lines didn’t even require people – they were machine driven. Original craftsmanship is a rare and valuable commodity.
In Brave New World, Aldous Huxley largely exaggerates the long term results of our world if industry continues to progress at its current rate. He tries to stress that if we allow technology sweep us off our feet with all of its conveniences, eventually it will take over. Sooner or later everything will be mass produced – homes, businesses and even people!
Brave New World ridiculously displays a world where all people places and things are mass produced. It is a world where anything old or original (including thoughts) was forbidden. And to top off the silliness, the people worshipped Henry Ford. The idea of God had dissolved because it was too old. The bible along with many other famous literary works were never even heard of.
I found some of the issues regarding sexuality distastefull and unnecessary. Huxley includes these scenes to show the lack of intimacy that results from an industrial era. I did not see the connection which is the main reason I thought the book was dimented. I still think Brave New World was, for lack of a better term, stupid.