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Brave New World
Transcript of Brave New World
- Aldous Huxley Summary A.F is the abbreviation of "after Ford". It is named after Henry Ford who designed the assembly line for the manufacturing of automobiles. Exploring Themes Within Brave New World Themes that will be covered are:
1. Technological Advancement
2. Ignorance is Bliss
3. The power of authority
What is a dystopian society? It is a community or society that is commonly written about to raise awareness of real world issues regarding the future society . It is characterized by the dehumanization of citizens, the governments and political systems having total authority over the society, and often environmental disasters. What does "A.F" stand for? Promiscuity Consumerism Definition: The lack of knowledge to a situation. Once the truth is revealed, one would consider themselves happier being unaware. The theme of alienation is explored through the characters Helmholtz Watson, Bernard Marx and John. Helmholtz does not fit in with the norm of society because although he is physically the same, he is significantly more intellectual than the other Alphas. Whereas Bernard is physically different than the other Aplhas. His shortened height has caused people to think Bernard had alcohol in his blood surrogate. He is also emotionally different because he enjoys spending time alone, and does not abuse the use of Soma. John is isolated at the reservation, and when he travels to Brave New world, he is faced with the fact he does not belong there either. He argues that he wants the right to be unhappy, he wants god, poetry, real danger, freedom, goodness and sin. John eventually takes his life due to this alienation he feels. The Brave New World society is based on consumerism. It varies from having unnecessary items, to designing people for certain industries. They want citizens who desire to constantly have new things. They rather "end than mend". Meaning that instead of repairing items, they will replace them will new. Citizens are even conditions to love country sports so that they consume manufactured articles as well as transport. The constant use of Soma is also a reliable method of consumerism. Citizens need it to feel happy, so the demand for it will remain high. Consumerism is the Brave New World society is essential for it to function properly. Connections between Brave New World and... 1. The Handmaid's Tale
2. The real world The Handmaid's Tale Vs. Brave New World Similarities The Handmaid's Tale Brave new World * Government in control * Dystopian novel * Themes about sex * Citizens not allowed to read * Themes of alienation * People are conditioned * Have families, relationships, love * No families. * Humans are genetically engineered * Different classes of people * Some females are sterilized *Majority of individuals fear time alone *Promiscuity is encouraged * Characters within novel commit suicide * Handmaid's have an excessive amount of time alone * No freedom * Religion may be present * No religion * Relies on drugs What was Huxley trying to warn us about ? 1. Powerful Government
2. Child labour
3. Food economic crisis
4. Over population
5. Relying too much on technology
7. Consumerism * Not afraid of death * Fear death * Have most knowledge of what is happening * Ignorance Promiscuity is the law in Brave New World, and having relationships or even attachments to another is illegal. The purpose of this is so nobody forms a meaningful relationship and they view each other as objects. World state controls do not want citizens to feel like individuals. When people are isolated, they think; and possibly re-evaluate society. This may cause them to potentially rebel. Therefore promiscuity is encouraged to disregard feeling as an individual. * People distinguished by colours Brave new World vs. The real world Similarities Our society Brave New World * Based on consumerism * Drug use * Reliance on technology * Promiscuity * Government in control * People are genetically engineered *History is bunk * People are put into a classification system * People are conditioned * Have no freedom * Democratic society * Have families, love, and relationships * Learn from and study the past Instead of focusing on family and love, Brave New world's society is focused on the constant technological growth. Without technology, the government would have no capability to dominate society. For example Bokanovsky's process where an egg is shocked to multiply into ninety-six identical embryos that then develop into identical human beings. This is to ensure that the cloned humans are content with working at their predestined locations. The three lower classes in the society receive alcohol treatments and oxygen deprivation to create a lower intelligence to allow the individual to accept and enjoy their working conditions. They use Podsnap's technique to speed up the process of development of a human, and then Neo-Pavlovian conditioning rooms to control their behaviour. Hypnopaedia is a sub conscience sleep conditioning that is used to brain wash citizens into accepting promiscuity, the use of Soma, and increase consumerism. This creation of the genetically engineered "perfect" drug Soma has allowed society to have a false creation of constant happiness. With out the advance Technology to creates these processes,community, identity, and stability within the Brave New World society would not be possible. * Charter of rights * Censorship * Discrimination towards women Alexa MacPherson
January 18th 2013 *Capable of feeling happiness and sadness *Discrimination towards women * capable of feeling sadness and happiness * No religion * Fear time alone * Religion * Society attempts equality between people *Ignorance *Over population * Society conforms