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Brave New World: Social Class

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Paul Masznicz

on 9 June 2011

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Brave New World -black, ugly and monkey-like creatures that are commonly handicapped Epsilon (Black) Delta (khaki) -very short, frequently semi-handicapped people
-lower labourers, manual work in factories, servants Gamma (Green) -they are relatively short, narrow-shouldered, and lanky
-normal work: housekeepers attendants, workers, porters Beta (Mulberry) -everything is a bit less developed compared to Alphas, but still they are quite well-built
- Work important positions, demanding The GREAT ALPHA -Described as being powerfully built, deep chested, broad-shouldered, massive, quick in movements, springy agile with beautifully shaped heads(p. 59, l. 22-25)
-relatively intellectual work, important positions Alpha (grey) Examples
Mustapha Mond
- fate
- natural means of birth
- god=creator
- no escape (face problems)
- variation among people’s characteristics
- more intimate relationships
- more “aware”
- predestination
- scientific means of birth
- humans=creator
- escape using soma
- set characteristics/multiples of people
- more physical relationships
- more “ignorant”
- created certain ways on purpose So What? - complete opposite
- Huxley takes apart aspects of society and groups them to two extremes - what is Huxley trying to get at?
- we need a balanced society, with aspects from both “worlds” further Points New Mexico vs. England
- 1931-1933  New Mexico was modernized extensively
- England = already modernized prior to New Mexico’s modernization - what is Huxley trying to get at?
- John and Linda represent New Mexico
- Bernard and Lenina represent England - during these times New Mexico was modernizing to achieve a society that was similar to England
- John and Linda dream of having the life of the people in London as well
- p 110 – John states: “The happiest times were when she told him about the Other Place.”
- their desire to have a lifestyle with the “other place” represents New Mexico's desire to live like London Social Structure:

What does it consist of?
-Economic system, legal system, cultural system, political system
-Family, law, economy, religion, and class are social structures Social Classes – economic or cultural arrangements of groups in society

Divided into 3 classes:
Upper – Alpha, Beta
Middle – Gamma, Delta
Lower – Epsilon Huxley takes the 3 main social classes from the time period which the novel was written and uses it to display his castes. Effects of World War II Living through WWI & WWII Huxley would have seen war propaganda influences people to join the army.
This may have influenced his idea of conditioning in the novel.
The propaganda by the government to get people to join the war is conditioning the mindset of people. The Good Life Ispired by love Scientific Knowledge Delight in Contemplation Purebenevalence Inanimate Objects Love of People Guided by Knowledge Ethical Knowledge For Approval Fear of Disapproval For An End SAtIRE In the Brave New World, their society strives to have Community, Identity, Stability
Ironically Huxley, shows that this society has none of which it strives for
They simply have an illusion of happiness Actually make that ALPHA PLUS SOMA Soma helps to create false "Good Life"
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