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Consumerism and advertisement played a large role in the novel The Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Advertising has become a large part of society in the world today and in turn so has consumerism In the novel consumerism and advertising were two ideas used as a distraction to society and helped maintain a stable and happy community People depend highly on consumerism and advertising in the world today as they did in the Brave New World yet they arent controlled by it as much as in the Brave New World When the going get tough the tough go shopping And sometimes even get happy Twitchell 1 Many people in society today depend highly on money as a driving force They would much rather spend a Sunday in the mall than a Sunday in church Consumerism has got the best of people today in that many place purchasing goods above religion family and education Consumerism is wasteful it is devoid of otherworldly concerns it lives for today and celebrates the body It encourages recklessness living beyond ones means gambling Twitchell 4 In Brave New World the present is regarded higher than any spiritual state of mind When John asks Is there any hope Huxley 89 in referring to his dying mother the nurse is confused and asks Do you mean of her not dying No of course there isnt When somebody sent here theres no Huxley 89 she is stopped by Johns expression of distress and nonchalantly asks Why whatever is the matter Huxley 89 This shows the disregard for the respect of death in the brave new world and how it is overtaken by materialistic things for the good of society Instead of holding services and a proper burial for people who die death is looked at as an industry in which phosphorus is returned to the soil in an attempt to give meaning and purpose to ones death When at the creamatorium
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