The Concept of Happiness in Huxley’s Brave New World

Ielizaveta Iakovenko, Anzhelika Lomaka


The theme of A. Huxley’s creative work is quite common, since the problems raised by this writer are still relevant today. One of Huxley’s most well-known works is the anti-utopian novel Brave New World (1932), in which he depicted an ideal society based on technocracy and consumption. The object of Huxley’s criticism includes various forms of totalitarianism, which entail the eradication of human spirituality, beauty and unification as well as the suppression of human freedom. The purpose of this research work is to analyze the concept of happiness in Huxley's novel Brave New World, as well as to define and characterize the means that helped the writer reveal this concept in the text. Huxley skillfully shows that “planned happiness” simply cannot exist, and the loss of individuality for the sake of industrial development leads to the degradation of the individual.

Keywords: anti-utopia, social pattern, concept of happiness, ideal society

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