Brave New World Aldous Huxley

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Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

Introduction

Aldous Huxley was born on July 26,

1894 in Surrey, England. He majored in literature at Oxford College.

After Oxford he did journalism work. Huxley wrote four volumes of
poems before his first novel Chrome Yellow (1921). Huxley wrote 45
novels but it was Brave New World that established his fame.

Brave New World is a science fiction
book dealing with the way things might be in the future. Huxley describes
the futures to be so organized that you lose your sense of self.

Another book that deals with this aspect of the future is 1985 by George

Orwell.

Summary

The book starts off with the director
of hatcheries describing a hatchery to a bunch of Alpha students.

He explains the fertilizing, decanting, and conditioning process of people
which is, when you come down to it, pure brainwashing.

The book then introduces a man named

Bernard. Bernard is an alpha, but he’s queer. He’s shorter and less
handsome than the other alphas. Bernard likes a girls named Lenina .

Lenina, however, is having a guy named Henry, and has been having him for
several months. Fanny one of Lenina’s friends tries to encourage

Lenina to move on and to try other men. Lenina goes out with Bernard
and that date ends with soma and sex even though Bernard said that they
shouldn’t have sex on the first night.

This society is organized for the
pleasure of the people. Their God is Ford. They have sex often
with different people, and their taught in infancy certain prejudices.

For example, the babies are taught to be satisfied with their own caste
of which there are five: alphas at the top, then betas, gammas, deltas,
and epsilons at the bottom. They’re taught to hate the country but
like country sports. Every teaching has a specific purpose.

Bernard gets together with eleven
other people and they worship Ford. They sing hymns (for example

"Orgy Porgy") to Ford and they experience Ford. They howl and shout
to his name. Bernard, however, feels nothing. He shouts because
the others are shouting and he leaves with an emptiness deeper than the
one he came with.

Bernard suggests to Lenina that
they go for a vacation to the savage reservation. Lenina agrees to
go. Before they go, Bernard needs to get permission from the Director
of Hatcheries named Thomas. Thomas tells him that he once went to
the savage reservation and lost a girl he liked named Linda. Then
he tells Bernard that if he continues with his behavior, Thomas will send
him to Iceland.

Bernard and Lenina go to the savage
reservation and they witness and "human sacrifice" where one Indian is
whipped in reminder of Christ. Then they meet a woman that is fat
and ugly but used to belong to the civilized world. Bernard figures
out that she was the Linda that Thomas lost long ago. Linda had a
son named John on the reservation of whom Thomas was the father.

Having a child in this society was about as much a sin as being an adulteress
in the Puritan society of The Scarlet Letter. John fell in love with

Lenina.

Bernard had an idea. He decided
that it would be good to have an experiment to see what would happen if
a savage came to the civilized world. He wanted to bring John and

Linda back into civilization. He pulled a few strings and was allowed
to go on with his experiment. Linda was immediately rejected by society
and by Thomas for being fat, and for being a mother. Thomas, quit
his job as the director of hatcheries because he was humiliated at being
a father. John, on the other hand, was an instant hit. The
people loved him and brought Bernard instant fame. Bernard was able
to get any girl he wanted, something he was not able to before. Bernard
would host parties where John would be the guest of honor. One night,
though, John didn’t want to show up. He rejected society and society
rejected Bernard. Society went back to its old thoughts about Bernard.

They thought he was a queer again. Bernard and John had a friend
named Helmholtz who taught emotional engineering by the use of rhymes.

John happened to have a copy of Shakespeare which he found at the reservation
which he read to Helmholtz. Helmholtz was amazed at how well Shakespeare
was at emotional engineering.

Lenina fell in love with John and

John loved Lenina, but he was afraid of his feeling and felt unworthy for

Lenina. One night, Lenina tried to seduce him but John ran from her,
then attacked her calling her a whore.

All this while,

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