2015 Student Research Conference:
28th Annual Student Research Conference

The Sanity of Insanity: A psychoanalytic critique of the Savage and the Civilized in Brave New World
Garrett Bradley
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

Within the Brave New World there is order, stability, and regulation. However, the advanced Alphas the most genetically perfect engineered humans allow the existence of Savage Reservations which are a complete contradiction to their ideals and beliefs. Each society is vastly different from one another through many ways that resemble our own society today and in ways that are exaggerated to prove a point. Those who reside in the World State are conditioned to believe that it is perfect because each person has no free will, but instead has their rightful place. The Savages, who are kept in zoo-like communities, are completely cut-off from the rest of the outside world and so develop differently. Through careful psychoanalytic examination it can be seen that Huxley has not only created a future, but actually predicted a society that could is not so far-fetched.

Keywords: Psychoanalytic, future, compare, contrary, opposite


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 301-1
Location: MG 1000
Time: 1:00

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