Utopia and Dysotopia in Science Fiction
What would it be like to live in an Utopian city? Is it really all it claims to be? There are many philosophers who have discussed the idea of Utopias and Dystopias. Some are for it and some aren't. Some believe it's possible to have a Utopia while others believe there is no way that it can. Plato, More, Hobbes, and Locke are some that have a high idea of Utopias. A Brave New World, indirectly supported and refuted some of the ideas of these philosophers in different ways.
A philosopher that can support Brave New World is Plato. Plato was against families, and he thought no child should know their parents. This was a very obvious in the book. In the story, natural reproduction was not used to make new babies. Children were now created and raised in Hatcheries and Conditioning Centres. This allowed children to not even have parents at all so it supported the thought of Plato where no child knew their parents. In the book, everyone is given the job title and role in society by their DNA. Plato feels that every person in society should fulfill their specific role as well. An example of this in Brave New World would be how children in Conditioning Centres were brought up. They each had a certain castes which determined positions with the social and economic part of their world. Everyone was given a certain postion or role they had to fulfill. In this case they were seperated into Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilons. They are all conditioned to know their role in society and to do it to the best of their ability. This made certain everyone did their role, leave no room for slackers or lack of certain positions being done.
John Locke is also a philosopher that can support Brave New World. Locke thinks that humans are naturally rational and know right and wrong. He believes they are capable to govern themselves. In the story, it is very obvious that although they may have leaders over them, they pretty much govern...
Cited: Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World,. New York: Harper & Bros., 1946. Print
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