"Community, Identity, Stability" is the motto of Aldous Huxley's Utopian World State. Here everyone consumes daily grams of Soma, to fight depression. Babies are born in laboratories, and the most popular form of entertainment is a "Feelie," (a movie that stimulates the senses of sight,... read more
Ryan: Brave New world is a novel that outlines the Utopia/Dystopia of future London. In this world there is no room for love or compassion as the residents attempt to only live a comfortable and easy life that satisfies societal norms. These citizens are grouped before birth into different... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Ryan: Brave New world is a novel that outlines the Utopia/Dystopia of future London. In this world there is no room for love or compassion as the residents attempt to only live a comfortable and easy life that satisfies societal norms. These citizens are grouped before birth into different classes each of whom are given different levels of intelligence and ability since birth. However this world is shaken up when a savage from the Undeveloped lands comes to this perfect world.
Brave New World takes place in London where the Central London Hatching and Conditioning Centre is located. This center is able to create many clones out of a single embryo. They then change the embryos to make them fit into a specific caste or class of people. The top caste was the Alphas, followed by the Betas, Gammas, Deltas, and finally the Epsilon. These different castes are genetically designed to perform different jobs, such as Alphas will become the great thinkers of the world and the Epsilons will become the laborers.
A Beta named Lenina Crowne is being criticized by her friend Fanny because she has been having an exclusive relation with Henry Foster even though their society encourages non-exclusive relationships and having relations with any person you desire. Lenina confesses that she is secretly attracted to Bernard Marx, an Alpha who is somehow below the physical standards for his class. Lenina decides she will accompany him to a Savage Reservation. On this reservation they still practice religion and have sexual intercourse in order to reproduce. This is where he meets a man named John, the son of a woman who had come from London but had been lost on the reservation and become the outcast due to her willingness to sleep with any man.
John speaks of how he would like to go to this "brave new world" that John and Lenina speak of. Bernard offers to take him to London and John agrees to go, on one condition. Johns mother Linda must come too.
When they return to London, The Director tells Bernard that he is to be sent to Iceland. However, Bernard introduces Linda to The Director, who is truely The Director's old girlfriend, that he had lost on a visit to the reservation. When he finds that he is a "father," an obscene word in the society, he quickly resigns and Bernard is allowed to stay.
John becomes a famous idol and Bernard becomes famous for being his discoverer/guardian, which allows him to sleep with any girl he like. However when John refuses to appear at a party with many prominent people, Bernards popularity decreases.
When John recieves a phone call that his mother has been on a permanent soma holiday since returning to London and is now dying. While sitting by his mother's bedside there are some younge children who are being "death conditioned" and he becomes offended at their view on life. He runs to the hall where Deltas are recieving their soma ration. He attempts to start a revoolt by throwing the soma out the window. Bernard and Helmholtz Watson run to his aid and are arrested after the Deltas are calmed. John speaks to Mustapha Mond who is one of the 10 controlers of the world. He and Mond get into a great debate when he is told that he, Bernard and Helmholtz will be sent away. John speaks how their society takes away humanity and Mond argues that happiness, art, and science must be eliminated inorder to keep peace. John refuses to believe this and runs away.
John retreats to an abandoned light house where he lives out the rest of his days. He goes back to the way he had lived before, hunting and farming. His location is eventually discovered and he becomes a popular tourist attraction where people chant for him to whip himself. John participates brutally beating Lenina, the one thing in the world that he has left. He wakes the next morning and he is overcome by anger and grief, and when the citizens come to watch him again, they discover he has hanged himself, which leaves them confused and frantic.
“But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry. I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”John 'the Savage'
“Well, I'd rather be unhappy than have the sort of false, lying happiness you were having here.”John 'the Savage'
“The mockery made him feel an outsider; and feeling an outsider he behaved like one, which increased the prejudice against him and intensified the contempt and hostility aroused by his physical defects. Which in turn increased his sense of being alien and alone. A chronic fear of being slighted made him avoid his equals, made him stand, where his inferiors were concerned, self-consciously on his dignity.”
“The greater a man's talents, the greater his power to lead astray. It is better that one should suffer than that many should be corrupted. Consider the matter dispassionately, Mr. Foster, and you will see that no offense is so heinous as unorthodoxy of behavior. Murder kills only the individual-and, after all, what is an individual?”
“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.”Lenina Crowne
“And if ever, by some unlucky chance, anything unpleasant should somehow happen, why, there’s always soma to give you a holiday from the facts. And there’s always soma to calm your anger, to reconcile you to your enemies, to make you patient and long-suffering. In the past you could only accomplish these things by making a great effort and after years of hard moral training. Now, you swallow two or three half-gramme tablets, and there you are. Anybody can be virtuous now. You can carry at least half your morality about in a bottle. Christianity without tears—that’s what soma is.”
“The Controller shrugged his shoulders, "Because <Shakespeare's> old; that's the chief reason <it's prohibited>." We haven't any use for old things here...Particularly when they are beautiful. Beauty's attractive and we don't want people to be attractive to old things. We want them to like the new ones.”Mustapha Mond
“Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the over-compensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn't nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrown by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.”Mustapha Mond
“It isn't only art that incompatible with happiness; it's also science. Science is dangerous; we have to keep it most carefully chained and muzzled.”Mustapha Mond
“All conditioning aims at that: making people like their un-escapable social destiny.”
“'....It's curious,' he went on after a little pause, 'to read what people in the time of Our Ford used to write about scientific progress. They seemed to have imagined that it could be allowed to go on indefinitely, regardless of everything else. Knowledge was the highest good, truth the supreme value; all the rest was secondary and subordinate. True, ideas were beginning to change even then. Our Ford himself did a great deal to shift the emphasis from truth and beauty to comfort and happiness. Mass production demanded the shift. Universal happiness keeps the wheels steadily turning; truth and beauty can't. And, of course, whenever the masses seized political power, then it was happiness rather than truth and beauty that mattered. Still, in spite of everything, unrestricted scientific research was still permitted. People still went on talking about truth and beauty as though they were sovereign goods....'”Mustapha Mond
“Words can be like X-rays, if you use them properly - they'll go through anything. You read and you're pierced.”
“‘Trust Henry Foster to be the perfect gentleman - always correct. And then there’s the Director to think of. You know what a stickler…’Nodding, ‘He patted me on the behind this afternoon.’ said Lenina.‘There, you see!’ Fanny was triumphant. ‘That shows what he stands for. The strictest conventionality.’”
“Unorthodoxy threatens more than the life of a mere individual; it strikes at Society itself.”The Director
“What fun it would be," he thought, "if one didn't have to think about happiness!”Bernard Marx
“One of the principal functions of a friend is to suffer (in a milder and symbolic form) the punishments that we should like, but are unable to inflict upon our enemies.”
“I'd rather be myself. Myself and nasty. Not somebody else, however jolly.”Bernard Marx
“Whether tis better in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing end them...But you don't do either. Neither suffer nor oppose. You just abolish the slings and arrows. It's too easy.”John 'the Savage'
“Moral education, which ought never, in any circumstances, to be rational.”
“How is it that I can't, or rather - because, after all, I know quite well I can't - what would it be like if I could, if I were free - not enslaved by my conditioning.”Bernard Marx
“If one's different, one's bound to be lonely.”John 'the Savage'
“People believe in God because they've been conditioned to believe in God.”Mustapha Mond
“All right then. I'm claiming the right to be unhappy.”John 'the Savage'
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