Aldous Huxley's Use Of Oppression In Literature

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The acclimatization of the indigenous populace into an oppressive society is a prevalent theme seen throughout history. From Columbian to modern times, colonial powers would spread their power by conquering cultures all around the globe. Consequently, in the aftermath of the initial takeover, such powers would assert their dominance over the native population, oppressing the once existing culture presiding there. Even while the natives struggled to maintain their culture., the dominating power almost always forced them to bend to their inexorable will. However, while prominent in the threads of history, authors incorporate such distinct themes oppression and assimilation in their works of literature. Notably, in the well-noted novel, A Brave…show more content…
In the initial introduction of the Savage, John describes how he a “glimpse” of life in the self-coined term,”Other Place” through Linda’s personal anecdotes. When hearing stories about the World State, Huxley describes John’s excitement by writing,”The happiest times were when she told him about the Other Place. [...] And she would tell him about the lovely music that came from the box, and all the nice games you could play, and the delicious things to eat and drink [...] ,[and] [how] people [were] never lonely, but living together and being so jolly and so happy, like the summer dances here in Malpais, but much happier, and the happiness being there every day, every day[...]” (128). Because of her conditioning, Linda’s stories of her past life in the World State is a misrepresentation. As a result, John was instilled with these grandiose ideas of life in the “Other Place”. In his childhood, the character avidly imagined about godly humans and absolute pleasure from the stories from his mother. To the Savage, the world was eternal; the world was heavenly; the world was paradise. However, how is such enthusiasm expressed to the reader? By selecting words with positive connotative meaning, such as “nice”, “happy”, and “jolly”, Huxley vividly creates an image of a paradisal utopia of perfection appears in the reader’s mind. As

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