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Brave New World
Transcript of Brave New World
Named after William Shakespeare's The Tempest
Huxley's most well-known novel
It is NOT an attempt to predict the future
Extremely satirical Setting Social Structure & Culture Social Hierarchy
Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas, Epsilons
Plus & Minus
Genetic engineering & Psychological Conditioning
Soma - "A gramme is better than a damn"
"Ending is better than mending"
Recreational sex - "Everyone belongs to everyone else"
"When the individual feels, the community reels." Bernard Marx Plot Summary Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre Lenina Crowne Mustapha Mond Helmholtz Watson The D.H.C John "The Savage" Plot Summary Literary Significance Author's Technique Written by: In retrospect, the reader often discovers that the first chapter of a novel or the opening scene of a drama introduces some of the major themes of the work. Write an essay about the opening scene of a drama or the first chapter of a novel in which you explain how it functions in this way. AP Prompt #3 Themes, Motifs, & Symbols Motifs Symbols Themes Ford Shakespeare Sex Social Exclusion Named after Karl Marx - Father of Communism Named after Vladimir Lenin, who led the Russian Revolution Incorporates the names of historical figures
Witty humor - makes plays on words or nursery rhymes
Utilizes third-person omniscient point of view
Very precise, slightly taunting in its ambiguity. Community vs Individualism Soma The Dissonance Between Happiness & Truth Dystopia & Totalitarianism Technology & Control Zippers The Electric Fence The Director of the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre Utopia
Savage Reservation: New Mexico, United States
632 Years "After Ford"
After the first T-Model was created Terms to Know Hypnopaedia
Soma Grey Protagonist of the novel Born and raised on a Savage Reservation - son of Linda & the D.H.C A outwardly conventional girl, but unconsciously rebels against certain standards Alpha-Plus Psychologist Does not agree with the society of the "Brave New World," but never actually rebels against it Attracted to Lenina Crowne and takes her to the Savage Reservation as a date, which results in him bringing John back to London. Ridiculed by many Good friends with Helmhotlz Watson Short Falls for John, but is pursued by Henry Foster and Bernard Marx "Awfully pnuematic" and extremely sexually attractive to men Resident World Controller of Western Europe (one of the ten in total) Best friends with a girl named Fanny Crowne (no relation), who balances her out by being the perfect conventional citizen. Father of the main hero of the novel, John
This proves to be his biggest vulnerability Very cruel at times, especially to those who do not follow the standards of society (ie: Bernard), as he upholds the highest of standards with pride Very powerful One of the few in the world that know the "dark history" that occurred before Ford, putting him in a very powerful position Unlike many characters in the novel, he has a choice because of the depth of his knowledge Has a long discussion with John about why his world is the way it is Walking paradox Good friends with Bernard, but acts as his foil A very intelligent "Emotional Engineer," who is well-liked and respected Much like Bernard, he ridicules the World State, though for entirely different reasons Strong, attractive, and has a love for all that is intelligent Very comfortable with his class Has some similarities with John, but because he was raised in the "Brave New World" there are some differences in their cultural views A very unique individual Alienated in both the reservation and the "Brave New World" Loves Shakespeare Begins very optimistic about the civilized world, but becomes more and more pessimistic and bitter about it the more time he spends there and the more he learns At the end of the novel, he is exiled and eventually commits suicide Bernard courts Lenina and eventually gets her to agree to go to a Savage Reservation with him The Savage Reservation - This is where we meet John and is a very pivotal part of the novel. John & Linda are brought back to London, where John becomes very popular due to his strangeness. Bernard becomes well-liked because of this. John does not attend an event which included the Arch-Community songster, resulting in a social downward spiral for both John and Bernard. Lenina attempts to seduce John, resulting in him reacting angrily and violently. Linda's Death John, enraged by Linda's death, starts a riot when he walks by a group of Delta's being given their soma rations. He takes it and throws it all out the window. Bernard and Helmholtz overhear and rush to the scene. The three are arrested. Their arrest results in them being brought before Mustapha Mond. John and Mond engage in a very important discussion about the World State and the balance of happiness and truth. John and Helmholtz are exiled. John retreats to a lighthouse on the coast and attempts to purify himself. He eventually commits suicide. Animal Imagery Social Commentary
Followed many ancestors, but brought something new to the group.