Marxism Of A Capitalist Society, Power Is Not Distributed Evenly By Aldous Huxley 's Brave New World

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Marxism in Brave New World In a capitalist society, power is not distributed evenly. In Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World, cloning replaces natural conception and the amount of power they will have will be predestined for them within their own caste. This type of utopian society reflects Karl Marx’s theories of capitalism, where class struggle is the basis of one’s identity and their access to resources and power. In Brave New World, everyone is placed into a caste system, where Alphas, the most intelligent, are the smallest population and the Epsilons, the least intelligent, are who work the most labor and have the largest population, but all serve a purpose of working as a whole. This reflects Marx 's social structure for capitalism. Alphas represent the aristocracy, Betas, Gammas and Deltas represent the Bourgeoisie and the Epsilons represent the Proletariat. Donald Hall in his text Literary and Cultural Theory describes the origin of the Alphas as, "The original class of nobles, those individuals who for many centuries held extraordinary power over others..." (Hall 74) In Huxley’s text, he states that “everyone works everyone else. We can 't do without anyone,” (Huxley 74). This refers to the work ethic everyone, that everyone serves in society according to their skills and abilities. With this everyone is in accord to whatever caste they are placed in. This is because everyone is forced into their lives before they are even born. This ethic reflects Marx’s…

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