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Brave New World: Satire?

The Brave New World as a satire? This prezi explores satiric aspects of the novel and debates its stance.
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Saagarika Coleman

on 10 December 2012

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Transcript of Brave New World: Satire?

Satire? Or not? Brave New World As A Satire Final Notes Brave New World Huxley is clearly satirizing modern society through (largely exaggeration). He points out flaws within his own society and time period that have only gotten worse with ours. Prereqs Huxley's Time Sex. A Prophecy? Satires What is a Satire? 1950's Television Jazz was considered a really sexual form of entertainment when it was new. Dictioary Definintion Our Definition Satire Over the Ages An extremely popular way to make fun of someone or something in a tongue in cheek fashion. Charlie Chaplin SNL Mean Girls Mad Magazine Modern Television VS Changing Cultural Values! Television Good clean humor to hypersexualization New Role Models VS Fashion Show We are moving towards less family values and everything in the media is extremely provocative. (1894-1963) Huxley came of age in all the glamor of the Roaring 20's or the Jazz Age Economic prosperity led to a new consumer-culture American national wealth more than doubled in the 20's Womens Rights and Sexual Freedom Women had just gained the right to vote. Society finally recognized them (legally at least) as equals The flappers were a newly emerging breed of women widely considered to be provocative. Pin up models emerged in the 1940's showcasing sexual freedoms. Consumer/ Capitalistic Culture Hollywood was a growing force in popular culture. Radios, TVs and a growing movie audience and culture were trends With this new trend and even more people plugged into technology, advertising campaigns got huge! Through his eyes So what was Huxley satirizing? Jazz Nobody can deny how sexual and smooth popular singers of the era were like Frank Sinatra or Nat King Cole Hypnopaedic teachings:
"I love new clothes, I love new clothes, I love new clothes" (Huxley, pg 44) Decline of Family Values "Sexophonists" vs "saxophonists" as in jazz music. He is satirizing through exaggeration. (Huxley, pg 65) Literary Connections Specific Diction to ridicule "The sexophones wailed like melodious cats under the moon, moaned in the alto and tenor..." (Huxley, pg 66) The mood in the entire date scene between Lenina and Harry is extremely sexual, the music is just a precursor to sex. The music itself is called the "Malthusian Blues," Malthusian obviously being the name for Lenina's contraception. Consumer Culture "Nowadays the Controllers won't approve of any new game unless it can be shown that it requires at least as much apparatus as the most complicated of existing games" (Huxley pg 26) Thomas Malthus 1766-1834 A British scholar and Anglican clergyman who theorized about population control. In a nutshell:
Populations would eventually bring themselves into control by famine and warfare
Control population by not allowing poor people to get married. "The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man". "The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to provide subsistence for man."
--Thomas Malthus With advertizing at an all time high, Huxley saw the lean towards vapid spending and ridiculed it. "She was a popular girl and, at one time or another had spent a night with almost all of them." In the scene in which Lenina pushes herself on John, Huxley is ridiculing the popular conception of the "modern woman" who is not afraid to bare skin and treats sex casually (like the flappers) Perceptions of Church Huxley is making a thinly-veiled mockery of religion with the Solidarity Service. During Catholic church (and many other Christian services) it is common to receive communion. A glass of wine and small circular pieces of wafer are distributed to all parishioners. Solidarity Service "The loving cup of strawberry ice cream soma was passed from hand to hand," (Huxley pg 70) God is replaced with "Ford" and citizens make the sign of the "T" instead of the cross Things like B.C.E. are replaced with B.F It is also common (among Catholics) to make the sign of the cross.
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