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Brave New World - Plot Summary

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Angela Tran

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Brave New World By Aldous Huxley plot summary Part 1 - The World State Tour of the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre The Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning Bokanovsky's Process one fertilized egg produces from 8 to 96 "buds" that will grow into identical human beings, thereby creating thousands of identical children from one ovary 5 Castes } } good-looking, fit, intelligent One unique fertilized egg, one unique person (highest) (lowest) social conditioning "Alpha children wear grey. They work much harder than we do, because they're so frightfully clever. I'm really awfuly glad I'm a Beta, because I don't work so hard. And then we are much better than the Gammas and Deltas. Gammas are stupid. They all wear green, and Delta children wear khaki. Oh no, I don't want to play with Delta children. And Epsilons are still worse. They're too stupid to be able to read or write. Besides they wear black, which is such a beastly colour. I'm so glad I'm a Beta." "sleep teaching"; caste-appropriate messages are played repeatedly while the children sleep The group then moves to the Infant Nursery... artificial reproduction "biological version" of the assembly line fixed procedures, lots of chemicals, complete control As the group moves through the Fertilizing Room, the Bottling Room, the Social Predestination Room, and the Decanting Room, we learn how... Hypnopaedia Neo-Pavlovian Conditioning Demonstration: the nurses expose the babies to roses and books followed by a violent explosion and several electric shocks.
This conditions the babies to develop an "instinctive hatred" of books and nature. Every one belongs to every one else. Ending is better than mending. The more stitches, the less riches. Every one works for every one else. We can't do without any one. Even Epsilons are useful. We couldn't do without Epsilons. Every one works for every one else. We can't do without any one. Everybody's happy nowadays When the individual feels, the community reels. ...and to the garden... Young children are engaged in erotic play The D.H.C. tells the students - to their horror - that such sexual play had been considered very abnormal in the time before Ford. limited in their intellectual and physical abilities 30% fertile females, rest are either male or freemartins (sterile females) Sex is a social activity; promiscuity is encouraged "Every one belongs to every one else." Lenina Mustapha Mond World Controller before utopian world order parents
live birth
homes
families
emotions } yuck!
no stability Monogamy
romance attempted reforms, but led to war After Nine Years' War reformers eradicated
religion
monogamy
aging introduced
world state
castes
soma "All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects." pg. 54 1 2 Bernard 3 Wanna go to the Savage Reservations? Eh... ok. 4 Can you sign for me? Blah blah... woman... RAWR! Thomas
The D.H.C. 5 There's something I can't express! Me too. pneumatic Part 2 - Savage reservation 1 2 Iceland! 3 John
(the Savage) Linda I was left here 25 years ago... Outsiders *disgusted* Linda = sleeping w/all the men
John = blonde, fair skin his only joy: reading Bernard decides to take them to the world state. Linda: old and tired, wants soma
John: wants to see the "brave new world"
Bernard: John is the D.H.C.'s son! revenge against the D.H.C.'s Iceland thing A person's sleep-conditioning teaches that his or her caste is superior to the other four "One hundred repetitions three nights a week for four years" Helmholtz Part 3 - Savage + World State 1 o 2 All da girls want some Bernard pie. Linda goes on permanent soma-holiday. Father! 3 This is no "brave new world." No more girls. 4 Poetry 5 Kiss me you fool! Aaah!
*runs away* 6 *dying* 7 Can't you see?!?! 8 Riot } Island for Social Outcasts debate debate debate "You are claiming the right to be unhappy." "I claim them all." instability banning Mustapha won't let John go to Island.
Wants to continue the experiment 9 whip 10 whip Craziness! beating chanting "Mass orgy of soma and sex" World State's Motto: "Community, Identity, Stability" 632 A.F. (2540 C.E.) , under the government of the World State London Setting Sarah Blanton, Julia Focht, MEgan Munson, Kathlyn Ramsey, Angela Tran
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