The Condition of Citizens in Aldous Huxley's, Brave New World.
In Aldous Huxley's, Brave New World, the controlling states effectively manipulate the population's thoughts, through various controlling factors. History is distorted or altered completely, and the emotions and thoughts of the populations are controlled by a successful combination of thoughts and ideas. The states are led by high powered minority groups which oversee the rest of the population. The group teaches its policies through hypnopaedia, social predestination, and a drug called soma, which keeps the population satisfied with their lives.
The population is pre-conditioned as embryos to define their class. There are five classes, or castes, which the children will become; Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas and Epsilons. The groups in are programmed, through the treatment as embryos and through hypnopaedia, to behave in the same way within their classes, and therefore allow social stability. This removes individuality among the lower classes, and creates stability, as every class is programmed through childhood to be suited for the jobs in which they will be placed, and to be happy within their class and position in life. .
Soma is the drug given to all the inhabitants of the world state. It provides instant gratification, without any negative side effects, and provides an escape from any emotion .
they do not want to experience. Soma is used by everyone, and can be seen to symbolize the indifference of the people from their own humanity.
In Brave New World, the children are preconditioned, and are exposed to sleep therapy to infiltrate the States views into their unconscious thought. They grow up quoting the phrases they have heard thousands of times in their sleep, and accepting them as truth without questioning them.