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Ryan: Brave New world is a novel that outlines the Utopia/Dystopia of future London. In this world
thethere is no room for love ascompassion as the residents attempt to only live a goodlife 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. After participating in an orgy he wakes the next morning where he is overcome by anger and sadness and he commits suicide.