In Brave New World, future fiction legend Aldous Huxley imagines a world where technology has made possible the genetic breeding of humans, assuring that all citizens will passively obey every wish and stricture issued by an authoritarian government. Life is pain-free but meaningless. “But while other dystopian novels portray totalitarian measures like surveillance and torture, Brave New World, in contrast, argues that the most powerful totalitarian state would be one that doesn't suppress and frighten its citizens. Instead, it manages to convince its citizens to love their slavery,” says the website many a college freshman goes to for help in fathoming such weighty assigned reading, LitChart.com. By imagining babies born in test tubes --decades ahead of the reality -- and then extrapolating the premise into such a deeply layered and socially charged novel, Huxley gave us a work of literature that is at once compelling and yet full of dire warning.
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