In the utopian novel, Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, Soma is a drug used by the government to try to prevent their people from speaking out and thinking freely. Soma causes people of the society to feel happy all the time, which in turn prevents them from concentrating on the reality that they live in a dictatorship. This futuristic society depends on this drug in every aspect of their lives, not realizing that it is a governmental tool for control. The society believes that Soma is their way of escaping madness and feelings but they are blind to the real meaning of its existence. Soma is not only a drug that saves the citizens of the World State from negativity, it saves the government from losing control.The story Brave New World takes the original native form of Soma, an intoxicating plant juice referred to in Indian religious writings, and transforms it into a powerful, calming and hallucinogenic drug without serious side effects. This drug is the government’s sole way of controlling its population which runs smoothly until John the savage finds himself unable to fit in to the World State society. It takes Linda’s death for John to come to his radical conclusion about the state of imprisonment in the World State. While everyone awaits their Soma ration, John truly believes that Linda had been made a slave and he was given no choice but to speak up: “‘Soma is poison to soul as well as body'” (Huxley 211). What John had said did not phase anyone including Deputy Sub-Bursa, the drug distributor. This proves that nothing, no matter what anyone says, will change this society unless the government does so itself. Soma not only sedates and calms a person, it distracts a person from realizing that there’s actually something wrong. Specifically in the World State, the citizens are blinded from the fact that they are enslaved. Throughout chapter 5, Soma causes a : “That second dose of soma had raised a quite impenetrable wall between the actual universe and their minds…” (ch 5). Soma is another form of restriction and imprisonment in which the government has slickly been able to manipulate its users with.  Soma The citizens in the futuristic society in Brave New World are constantly in a state of unknown imprisonment and blinding happiness. Freedom and confinement, although polar opposites, become one of the most significant themes throughout the novel. From the beginning of the novel, Mustapha mocks the idea freedom, as if it is being inefficient and miserable: “Sleep teaching was actually prohibited in England. There was something called liberalism. Parliament, if you know what that was, passed a law against it. The records survive. Speeches about liberty of the subject. Liberty to be inefficient and miserable. Freedom to be a round peg in a square hole” (Huxley 46). Strangely enough, this is the freedom John the savage longs for, the freedom to be unhappy. Works CitedHuxley, Aldous. Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited. New York: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2005. Print.

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