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Brave New World Presentation

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Aldous Huxley
Cover
The three types of Dystopian characters
Act One
The setting of Brave New World takes place in a futuristic London (A.F. 632) where society is ruled by the World State and more specifically the Western Europe Controller Mustapha Mond. Society disapproves natural reproduction and has adopted genetical engineering of children in hatchery/conditioning centers. Children are genetically designed by their predetermined social classes with "alphas" and "betas" being superior and "gammas", "Deltas", and "epsilons" being inferior. Reading and religion specifically toward the lower classes are prohibited by free choice and are instead "brainwashed" to believe what they are told and to keep control of society. Problems arise throughout the novel as the character John the Savage realizes the problem that as society tries to prevent the problems that usually arise in a society, they are doing more harm than good by freedoms of the individual.
Act Two
By : Triston Davis
Chase Gill
Angelo Wilson
Hannah Reburn
D'ante

Brave New World
Lenina- Unaware of the true depiction of their society and is unaware of the environment around her. She is around other characters who have a general curiosity towards society's ways but over looks it and tries to criticize them for being different. She is perfectly fine the way everything is and is blissfully unaware of just how bad their practices and morals are.

John the Savage- Raised by Indians and not reproduced by a means of synthetic reproduction, John possesses the ability to have his own unique cognitive perceptions in tact. Because of this he is able to challenge society and question their way of life. How ever, John's curiosity would lead to his demise at the end of the story, in which the life style he has chosen for him self causes him to commit suicide.

The Controller- Another type of Dystopian character who is the head of their society. The controller has total superiority over all of the individuals and is a big believer in controlling the way people feel. He believed that Soma was the only commodity that would keep society under control and keep people from experiencing real life emotions. This also reinforces the idea of the split classes in their society. Everyone needs to be able to do what they are told, without the possibility of there being a rebellion. Everybody needs to be kept in the same robot like state.
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Author
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Three Significant Exerpts
" One gram, she decided, would not be enough; hers had been more than a one-gram affliction... She compromised and, into her cupped left palm , shook out three half-gram tablets."
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Three Significant Excerpts
"... a new and profound significance seemed to suffuse the shining pages of the books. From the ranks of the crawling babies came little squeals of excitement, gurgles and twitterings of pleasure... there was a violent explosion. Shriller and ever shriller a siren shrieked. Alarm bells maddeningly sounded."
This quote is significant because it reveals the control the state has over the people in which Aldous Huxley uses to relate that it is deemed in society acceptable to be unaware of what issues are harming society itself.
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Three Significant Excerpts
"But if you know about God, why don't you tell them?" asked the Savage indignantly. " Why don't you give them these books about God?"
This quote is significant because the conversation about God , reveals the things the Controller does in order for the people to not have enough knowledge to understand there is anything wrong with their society
Background
Aldous Huxley was a British writer who lived from July 26, 1894 to November 22, 1963, died the same day President John F. Kennedy
His father was a schoolteacher and writer but the family was renowned scientist. His grandfather was nicknamed as "Darwin's Bulldog".
At age fourteen as he loses his mother he becomes ill with a disease that would leave him virtually blind.
Three years prior to that one of his brothers would commit suicide.
Due to the issues with his sight he was unable to do scientific research which he was originally attracted to, so he turned to literature.
Even with the poor eyesight he got his degree in English literature with high praises at Balliol College.
When his farther cut his funds he needed money but obtained it through his literary talents and became friends with D.H. Lawrence at Oxford.
Finished his first novel at seventeen but never published it.
...Background
Huxley was deeply worried about the major shifts occurring at the time in Western Civilization with the threats posed on society by the combination of power and technical progress which led him to write novels such as
Brave New World
.
He wrote that book in only four months in 1931 but it is arguably one of his most of important and best novel.
In 1958 he would publish
Brave New World Revisited
, a collection of essays where he would think strongly about the threats of overpopulation, excessive bureaucracy, and some hypnosis techniques for personal freedom.
He also wrote short stories, poetry, travelogues, and also film scripts but mostly known for his novels and essays.
In September 1928 the first film with dialogue was shown in Britain as Penicillin was also being discovered.
October 1929 when the stock market crashed it caused unemployment to reach just below three million in Britain.
A year before the book was written Mohandas Gandhi defied the British government by leading a 400 km march to the sea to produce his own salt after the government had a monopoly on salt-making.
This text is significant because it shows that society doesn't want to feel emotion and doesn't want to have to deal with difficult things. Society just wants to live in happiness even if it means to avoid the hard problems that are affecting the society.
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Themes
Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.
Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best.
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed
In Brave New World, as John The Savage is being observed by others in society, he starts to cause a revolt and society starts to see what problems that the state are keeping from them. Society doesn't know or understand why John doesn't belive what they do is acceptable and take more soma to become blissfully unaware or care that John was diffrent from them. As long as he didn't corrupt the minds of the next generations and upset society, the state was ok with The Savage staying in their community. As they go on John gets more unerved that the people around him don't read books or know old things like Shakespeare and The Bible. He goes to The Controller, to express his feelings on what he thinks is wrong for society to not have the knowledge of knowing.
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Act Three
The thrid act consists of after the converstaion with The Controller, John realizes that he will never be able to truely accept the society that he is in. He is outcasted by the Alpha's, Gamma's Delta's, Epsilon's, Beta's because he was raised by other savages. But also he is outcasted by savages because his mother came from that society . With so many reporters trying to understand why he no longer wanted to be in either societies he killed himself so that they coould not ask him anymore questions.
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