Brave New World
- Brave New World is a science fiction novel written by Aldous Huxley in 1931. The title of the book was taken from Miranda's speech in Shakespeare's The Tempest.
- The novel depicts a futuristic world driven by technological and scientific advancements.
- The citizens of Brave New World have sacrificed their individuality and freedom in exchange for permanent and artificially induced happiness.
- The book is an example of a dystopian novel. A dystopia is a world or society that is controlled and repressed, often under the guise of being a utopia.
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The novel's main characters include:
- John (the Savage)
- Bernard Marx
- Helmholtz Watson
- Lenina Crowne
- Mustapha Mond
- Thomas (the Director).
Things to consider
- In Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, set in London, there is one global government. He depicts a society that has been dehumanised through an over-reliance on science and misuse of technology.
- People are born into a class system as a result of test tube technology. The government controls their development by manipulating embryos to retard or stimulate their growth.
- The people of Brave New World have surrendered all forms of freedom, individuality, personality and emotion in exchange for an artificial sense of community and stability.
- There is an absence of spirituality and family, instead the characters of Brave New World are conditioned to pursue happiness and contentment through consumption, promiscuity and drug-use.
- In contrast, ‘uncivilised' primitive people, who believe in religion and marriage, live on the Savage Reservation, where disease and wild animals are also present.
Video: The Banned Book project - Brave New World
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