Happiness in Brave New World
When we look to define happiness, many different ideas come to mind. Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary uses three definitions for happiness: good fortune, a state of well being and contentment, and a pleasurable satisfaction. In Brave New World, Aldus Huxley argues that a society can redefine happiness through the government’s manipulation of the environment and the human mind itself. The government accomplishes this by mind conditioning throughout the
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Of course it is,’ the controller agreed. ‘But that’s the price we have to pay for stability. You’ve got to choose between happiness and what people called high art. We have the feelies and the scent organ instead.’” (226)
Brave New World’s definition of happiness only touches upon one of Webster’s, a pleasurable satisfaction. The government, in order to accomplish stability, skews happiness to the point that it is not happy anymore.