Brave New World
Brave New World Drugs and Alcohol Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
"There was a thing called Heaven; but all the same they used to drink enormous quantities of alcohol." […] "There was a thing called the soul and a thing called immortality." […] "But they used to take morphia and cocaine." (3.210-4)
Mustapha seems to suggest that some failing on the part of religion to comfort people led to the abuse of drugs and alcohol – but the same is true of conditioning and conformity in his own society.
"Two thousand pharmacologists and bio-chemists were subsidized in A.F. 178." "He does look glum," said the Assistant Predestinator, pointing at Bernard Marx. "Six years later it was being produced commercially. The perfect drug." […] "Euphoric, narcotic, pleasantly hallucinant." "Glum, Marx, glum." The clap on the shoulder made him start, look up. It was that brute Henry Foster. "What you need is a gramme of soma." "All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects." "Ford, I should like to kill him!" But all he did was to say, "No, thank you," and fend off the proffered tube of tablets. "Take a holiday from reality whenever you like, and come back without so much as a headache or a mythology." "Take it," insisted Henry Foster, "take it." "Stability was practically assured." (3.218-26)
Look at the structuring here – Huxley interweaves Mustapha's description of soma with Bernard's refusal to take it. The ideology of the system is contrasted with the reality of its effects.
"And do remember that a gramme is better than a damn." They went out, laughing. (3.232)
This hypnopaedic saying suggests what John will later confirm: soma replaces all real human emotion.