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An Archetypal Analysis of Brave New World
Transcript of An Archetypal Analysis of Brave New World
Water Fall of Fun!
What Are Archetypes?
Character Archetypes in Brave New World
John the Savage; The Outsider
"The bruises hurt him, the cuts were still bleeding; but it was not for pain that he sobbed; it was because he was all alone, because he had been driven out, alone, into this skeleton world of rocks and moonlight (pg 136)."
Lenina Crowne; The Innocent & The Seductress
"The lift was crowded with men from the Alpha Changing Rooms, and Lenina's entry was greeted by many friendly nods and smiles. She was a popular girl and, at one time or another, had spent a night with almost all of them" (4.1.1).
"'Yes, everybody's happy now,' echoed Lenina. They had heard the words repeated a hundred and fifty times every night for twelve years (pg 74)."
Presentation by Kelsey McGregor, Jennifer Allen, Kayla Enoch, Otis Jones, Nicholas Sexton, & Toni Federice
An Archetypal Analysis of Brave New World
"An archetype is a reference to a concept, a person or an object that has served as a prototype of its kind and is the original idea that has come to be used over and over again. Archetypes are literary devices that employ the use of a famous concept, person or object to convey a wealth of meaning."
Some quick examples! :
Character Archetypes: The hero, the villain, the mentor, the outcast, & the scapegoat.
Situation Archetypes: The quest, the fall, death and rebirth, & father-son conflict.
Symbolic Archetypes: Light vs. darkness, supernatural intervention, colors, numbers, & shapes.
Nature vs. the Mechanistic World:
Besides, we have our stability to think of. We don't want to change. Every change is a menace to stability. That's another reason why we're so chary of applying new inventions. Every discovery in pure science is potentially subversive; even science must sometimes be treated as a possible enemy. Yes, even science."
"Yes," Mustapha Mond was saying, "that's another item in the cost of stability. It isn't only art that's incompatible with happiness; it's also science. Science is dangerous; we have to keep it most carefully chained and muzzled." (16.51-3)
"Alpha children wear grey They work much harder than we do, because they're so frightfully clever. I'm really awfully glad I'm a Beta, because I don't work so hard. And then we are much better than the Gammas and Deltas. Gammas are stupid. They all wear green, and Delta children wear khaki. Oh no, I don't want to play with Delta children. And Epsilons are still worse. They're too stupid to be able...(2.75)"
1) "In the
thousand rooms of the Centre the
thousand electric clocks simultaneously struck
stanzas. By this time the soma had begun to work. Eyes shone, cheeks were flushed, the inner light of universal benevolence broke out on every face in happy, friendly smiles. Even Bernard felt himself a little melted (5.2.17)."
3) "They hurried out of the room and returned in a minute or two, each pushing a kind of tall dumb-waiter laden, on all its
wire-netted shelves, with
-month-old babies, (2.8)
4) "In the end she persuaded him to swallow
tablets of soma.
minutes later roots and fruits were abolished; the flower of the present rosily blossomed. (6.3.38-9)"
"Alpha children wear
They work much harder than we do, because they're so frightfully clever. I'm really awfully glad I'm a Beta, because I don't work so hard. And then we are much better than the Gammas and Deltas. Gammas are stupid. "They all wear
," said a soft but very distinct voice, beginning in the middle of a sentence, "and Delta Children wear
. Oh no, I don't want to play with Delta children. And Epsilons are still worse. They're too stupid to be able to read or write. Besides they wear
, which is such a beastly colour. I'm so glad I'm a Beta."
The goal for this activity is
to help you remember key archetypes in the novel.
1) Label the four sections of your waterfall: Color, Number, Character, and Situation.
2) Draw your feelings! Or the archetypes. Jot down notes on the side, the goal is to allow for easier memory come test time.
3) Add some color if you'd like!