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Brave New World



The novel's title is derived from Miranda's speech in William Shakespeare's The Tempest, Act V, Scene I: "O wonder! How many godly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in't."

"Hug me till you drug me, honey; Kiss me till I'm in a coma: Hug me, honey, snuggly bunny; Love's as good as soma."--Lenina Crowne--chapter 11

A dystopian novel set in London in AD 2540 (632 A.F.—"After Ford"—in the book), the story anticipates developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning that combine profoundly to change society. Huxley answered this book with a reassessment in an essay, "Brave New World Revisited" (1958), and with Island (1962), his final novel.

In 1999, the Modern Library ranked Brave New World fifth on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 2003, Robert McCrum writing for The Observer included Brave New World chronologically at number 53 in "the top 100 greatest novels of all time". The novel was listed at number 87 on the BBC's survey The Big Read.

Huxley's Brave New World is a remarkable piece of writing which prophesies the futuristic world. The concept of nature through the character of John the Savage depicts volumes about the totalitarian state which the author portrays beautifully. The irony and satire with which he whips 1931 London society is worth reading.

Dr. Leon Kass, a prominent public intellectual said in a speech to the Manhattan Institute that the "train to Huxley's dehumanized Brave New World has already left the station".

Huxley's work is a brilliant masterpiece which is extraordinarily prophetic, challenging developments in science and technology. Genetic Engineering, mutations, and Bio-technological advancements will take man away from nature. Though these are advantageous, slowly and steadily the natural instincts in man are being 'civilized'.--Submitted by Allan Thai

The book Brave New world is a masterpiece of genius. There are uncivilized people living on reservations and a women named Linda and her son John get to leave the reservation. Linda is happy to be back in the civilized world. While John is having fun he is also very disgusted about soma, because he found out that when his mother was still in the Brave New World she had to take some. I can tell you why Linda and John are on the reservation--the director of the conditioning centre got Linda pregnant and he left her there, because he didn't want anybody to find out what he did to poor Linda. And when Linda gave birth to John she didn't care about him at first, but she learned that John is her son and she has to take care of him. As I was saying they go into the civilized world and John finds out that the brave new world isn't what he thought it was. After a while John finds out that his mother died while she was on a soma vacation. It says in the book that soma is a drug that keeps everybody happy, but John doesn't like the way it is used and what effects it has on people. And I forgot to mention that I saw the movie and it wasn't very interesting as I thought it would be. But I thought that the movie should have been ranked a three star ranking. As I was saying while Bernard and his friend are waiting for John, John is at the hospital throwing soma out the window, because he wants everybody to know what the world is like that their in at that point in time. The so called utopia is actually a world that everybody has no freedom, everybody in the Brave New World have to obey all of the laws and if there is anybody that is different they will get into really big trouble. I have read the book and it it's a lot longer than the movie so I suggest that anybody that reads this should read the book The Brave New World.--Submitted by Bryan A. Patterson

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I don't find the writing style particularly good

Christopher Hitchens pretty much states my feelings in the foreword: the naming of the characters is not only corny, but doesn't make sense and the writing is VERY condescending. Every line of dialogue is explained to you, like when Lenina talks about how she doesn't like the khakis of the Epsilons (I believe that's the group that wears them) and then the next line in the book says something like "due to her conditioning." I mean, it just seems very amateur... anyone agree or disagree?

Question brave new world

Hello! Can anyone help me? I read the book Brave New World. They said: Brave New World is a Fordist utopia based on production and consumption. What do they mean with this? Can you explain it to me please? Thank You!!

Brave New World

What do you guys think of the storyline? Or the connections to today's society? Is the world too consumed with technology??:rolleyes5:

A Few Questions About Brave New World

Why are magnanimous relationships looked down upon? Is there a meaning behind the drug "Soma"? Does "Soma" stand for something? Why did Mustapha Mond agree to allow John and Linda to come back with Bernard? Is there a reason why John compares his love for Lenina to Romeo and Juliet's relationship?

Literary analysis of Brave New World and Marxism?

My teacher has assigned us a paper (3-5pages) to write on the summer reading book A Brave New World . Out of the choices I chose marxism to write about. Since I'm horrible at writing (mostly with getting it on paper) I'm not sure what points/examples I can Use to write it. I'm planning on about 3_1/2 to 4 pages. Depending on how it goes... She doesn't want use copying the example outline to which she has used ignorance, sedation and forced stability for the examples . What other examples could I use? To be continued maybe...sorry?

Help: Elements of fiction assignment

What element of fiction would you change about Brave New World?

Brave New World: Prediction or Prophecy?

Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World offers a gloomy forecast of the world to come. Though written in 1932, Huxley’s predictions and warnings are becoming increasingly relevant even 80 years later. However, in reading and analyzing this piece, I have been led to question whether the novel should be taken as a cautionary tale or as a prophecy. As modern society becomes increasingly smothered by consumerism and instant gratification as Huxley suggested that it would, it remains equivocally plagued by the vices which 632 A.F. London has escaped from. Were Huxley’s predictions incorrect? Or have the predictions simply not yet become manifested in modern society? The world of the novel exists some 500 years beyond present day, so at present it is impossible to judge his fears as being definitively right or wrong. In my opinion, however, even 1000 years from today, the ‘Brave New World’ will not exist as Huxley imagined it. The creation of such a ‘World State’ will fail, as its inception relies on seizing an insurmountable power: human nature. The novel speaks of a Nine Years’ War, wherein opposition to the World State was absolutely crushed, never to rise again. As has been seen throughout history, and as will undoubtedly be seen for centuries to come, such a coup of human will simply cannot not occur. From the annihilation of Hitler’s empire in the 1940’s to the coup d’état of Gaddafi in Syria in 2011, man will always be successful in resisting the conquering of liberty and free will. Although the sustainability of a ‘World State’ as it exists in the novel is nearly infinite, society would never allow such an indefinite state of senseless oppression to be established. Man can only be taught to accept subordinacy if they never know anything else. In the book, this form of absolute control is achieved through mass production and engineering of human life. However, to suggest that such a system could be established in such an absolute sense is shortsighted and inconsiderate of the power that even the ‘Epsilons’ of the world possess. In short, the fundamental issue of the World State is that it could never be created. The power of man to resist domination, even with the promise of a “perfect” life of happiness dangling in front of them, is too great. No matter how much consumerism and an abundance of “love” will come to bastardize human nature, the fundamental strength of human nature will persist indefinitely. Hoping to hear some of your thoughts on the matter, and thoughts on how Brave New World has begun to unfold in the modern world.

Which publisher should I choose?

Hello, I'm writing my BA thesis on Brave New World, and I have to buy a book from which I have to put quotations, numbers of pages and so on. My teacher told me that there are better and worse publications of BNW. Unfortunately I can't find it in my city, so I have to order it. So far I've came across "Vintage" (229 pages), "Vintage Classics" (256 pages) "BANNED BOOKS" series (200 pages), "HarperCollins" (259 pages) and "Vintage Classics" with 288 pages and introduction by Margaret Atwood. I know it may seem trivial, but for me it's the matter of life and death. I would really appreciate your help.

Questionnaire on BNW for project research!

Hello, I'm Emily, a third year illustration student at Loughborough University. For my first project this year I aim to create a book cover and 3 internal illustrations for Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, for the House of Illustration Competition ( As part of my project research I have created a small questionnaire for people who have read the novel. I would really appreciate it if you could spare a few minutes of your time to fill this in! Your feedback will be extremely useful in helping me develop ideas and realise my final outcomes for this project. Brave New World Questionnaire: 1.) What was your overall experience reading the book? (i.e. How did you find it- enjoyable? A difficult read? Any additional thoughts on it as a dystopian novel overall?....) 2.) What scenes described in the book stood out for you visually the most? 3.) Who do you think is the intended audience for Brave New World? / What age group do you think the book is aimed at? 4.) What do you think the core theme/concept is in Brave New World? 5.) What would you expect (or prefer) a new front cover for Brave New World to involve? (i.e. certain imagery/ a particular scene from the book/ an overall sense of the story etc.) 6.) How would you describe the overall mood or tone of the story? The main contrasting settings in the book are the 'New World' (set in London) and the Indian Reservation in New Mexico where Lenina and Bernard find John Savage. 7.) Which setting in the book did you find most interesting? 8.) What are you favourite scenes (or scenes you found most memorable) from each of these settings? 9.) In the Indian Reservation setting, did any particular scene/description stand out to you? Thank you for filling this in, I really appreciate your time! Please Note: All responses will remain anonymous, I am simply using the answers given as research.

Literary standard of Huxley’s “New Brave World”

(First of all: I’m not a native speaker so I excuse myself for my mistakes. Please feel free to correct my English.) I know I’m committing sacrilege by this question but nevertheless: How do you assess the literary standard of Huxley’s novel “New Brave World”? Undoubtedly, his satirical, social ideas, his humor here and there and the fact that he wrote the book in 1932 are astonishing. That’s why I enjoyed reading the novel, like some others books by Huxley. But the characters and the plot seem to me rather fabricated for giving voice to all this ideas. There is only few live in them. And of course there is this prolixity... Many sentences and paragraphs could be deleted without any serious loss for the plot or even the expressed ideas. I hope this admittedly provocative posting will cause an interesting debate. :smilewinkgrin:

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