Brave New World. By Aldous Huxley. Two Worlds Collide. Post-World War I world was a suffering the effects of carnage and destruction of lives and property Ideas of civilization were shaken. Two Worlds Collide.
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Brave New World
By Aldous Huxley
Modern world = speed, science, technological advances, and radically new ideas of government and culture
The Importance of Names in the Novel
Character names reflect different historical, political, social, and economic ideas that have helped to shape the novel’s fictional World State.
Hermann von Helmholtz: 19th century scientist best known for inventing the ophthalmoscope (study the inside of the human eye)
John B. Watson: founder of the school of behaviorism; later popular author of child-rearing books
Utopian & Dystopian Literary Conventions
Satire points out the wrongs of the current, real society
Exaggerate current politics and public opinions in order to show just how misguided society is
Satirizes the apathy of the people by creating characters who seem oblivious to the fact that they are simply consumers of meaningless products and ideas
Themes in the Novel
Individual happiness in the novel is defined as the ability to gather physical comforts and satisfy physical needs and desires.
Personal success is measured in buying power and the number of material possessions one is able to obtain.
Sex and Drugs
“T” stand for the Ford Model-T
Characters cross themselves in the shape of the “T” instead of the shape of the cross.