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Aldous Huxleys Brave New World is a science fiction novel about a society conditioned to believe in certain things and to act certain ways They are taught prejudices against other types of people they are taught to dislike and to fear nature and furthermore are conditioned to take a drug - soma - when things are going badly in order to keep them in a positive happy and comfortable state all the time Many can argue that this World State is a very fake manufactured society taught only happiness and nothing that has to do with negative aspects of life such as unhappiness illness pain or misery In the novel John a Savage who is introduced to the society chooses to oppose this system rather than to conform to it He chooses to rebel and be a freethinking individual In many ways Johns presence in the Brave New World is very antagonistic The people conditioned in the Brave New World are taught to take soma during times of difficulty or pain It numbs them and brings them away from reality in order that they do not have to experience these difficulties of life but instead can enjoy a soma holiday In the novel Johns mother Linda goes on a permanent soma holiday resulting in her unfortunate and untimely death This may have been the anchor that caused Johns hatred for the drug that hinders people from experiencing life the way that it should be experienced During an occurrence of soma distribution John courageously confronts those who are in line ready to accept their rations of soma He wished to challenge the society to change into one where people could have freedom In many ways he wished to bring back the innocence and purity that had been very much present before the Brave New World society had begun He wanted to proclaim this innocence much like how Miranda was proclaiming the possibility of loveliness the possibility
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