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Social Control Mechanisms in Brave New World in Reference to 1984 The Populations in Huxleys brave new world and Orwells 1984 have been suppressed and controlled completely They have been sustained by totally different means Orwells world in 1984 is controlled by thought control and by language Huxleys world is controlled by genetic modification and their drive for individual pleasure The population in 1984 is manipulated by the means of thought control the thought police newspeak and double think In Huxleys brave new world the population is controlled from birth by their genetic coding they are controlled by their pursuit for pleasure and by a drug called soma The population in brave new world is mainly controlled by their pursuit for pleasure this is chiefly achieved by a drug called soma Soma is a euphoric narcotic a holiday from reality Soma is a perfect pleasure drug Event though if does make you high its more so a tranquillizer This is shown by how it numbs rather than heightens your mind and your sensibilities The effects discussed are shown when Bernard and his companion Lenina arrive at the savage reservation Lenina grows tired of the wardens speech and so she swallows a half gramme of soma With the result of it she could now sit serenely not listening thinking of nothing at all pg 86 This response shows us that the soma users sensibilities are numbed rather than heightened like a tranquilizer Soma only gives a rise to shallow unempathetic and a monotonous wellbeing For some people soma is no more than a cheap thrill like Bernard Marx and it definitely doesnt make him happy with his situation in life Some people are destroyed by Soma for example John the Savage commits suicide almost immediately after taking soma Even with theses effects one can apparently drift off to a pleasant sleep with soma For example Bernard Marx takes four tablets of soma to allow him
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