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Brave New World Author Born Family Life Writing Style Writing Focus. Aldous Huxley 1894 Came from a family with both a literary and scientific background Combined thoughts on the morality and nature of man with scientific findings and predictions

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Brave new world author born family life writing style writing focus

Brave New World

Author

Born

Family Life

Writing Style

Writing Focus

Aldous Huxley

1894

Came from a family with both a literary and scientific background

Combined thoughts on the morality and nature of man with scientific findings and predictions

Focused many of his works on the conflicts between the individual and society


Brave new world author born family life writing style writing focus

Brave New World

Huxley’s Influence

Writings became especially popular during the 1960s

His works often featured the use of various drugs, which he experiments with as well in his lifetime

His work The Doors of Perception was the inspiration for Jim Morrison to name his band The Doors.


Brave new world author born family life writing style writing focus

Literary Focus

Publication

Genre

Setting (time)

1932

Dystopian Future

2450 A.D

Set 632 “After Ford”

Meaning after the invention of the Model “T”

This is symbolic of the societal shift in thinking—time is referenced in terms of a technological breakthrough versus a religious landmark


Brave new world author born family life writing style writing focus

Literary Focus

Setting (place)

England and a place referred to as the “Savage Reservation”

England is known as “the brave new world”

The “Savage Reservation” is where people still feel emotions like love and grow old


Brave new world author born family life writing style writing focus

Literary Focus

Point of View

Omniscient Third Person

The unique thing about the narration is that it is used through the perspective of various characters

This allows the reader to see inside the minds of people who belong to the different castes in the society


Brave new world author born family life writing style writing focus

Literary Focus

Dystopia

A “Brave New World” predicts a future where people don’t have serious relationships, where they don’t have opinions and are classified from birth into a caste

People sleep carelessly with many different partners

People are filed into five castes: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, or Epsilon


Brave new world author born family life writing style writing focus

Literary Focus

Themes and Conflicts

Technology and Its Ability to Manipulate

Control versus Emotion

Religion versus Technology

Free-Will versus Stability

Fantasy versus Reality

Science versus Technology

Corruptive Nature of Power


Brave new world author born family life writing style writing focus

Literary Focus

Satire

By making the Dystopia of the “Brave New World” so extreme, it is easy for readers to see the ridiculousness of the society

Some examples of the over-the-top nature of the novel

Frivolous sexual encounters

Reverence for Henry Ford

Humiliation of over having a child


Brave new world author born family life writing style writing focus

Literary Focus

Symbols

Soma

Savage Reservation

The government uses a drug called Soma to symbolize the control and power of the government over the people

Representative of the old ways—the ways when humans felt emotion and love


Brave new world author born family life writing style writing focus

A Brave New World

Overview

Huxley offers a fictional future in which man’s free will, ability to love and ability to be an individual has been marginalized at the expense of the stability of society

Huxley’s work, in essence, forecasted many of the world’s future conflicts such as Hitler’s rise to power, World War II and the Cold War


Brave new world author born family life writing style writing focus

Overview

Humans living in “a brave new world” are filed into five different castes.

The Highest caste is for the leaders and thinkers

The lowest caste is for those who will perform menial labor


Brave new world author born family life writing style writing focus

Overview

The State, in order to bring stability, has attempted to eliminate human emotion, human desires and human relationships

The State’s strict control is shown in sharp contrast with the religion, aging and strong emotions seen on the “Savage Reservation”


Brave new world author born family life writing style writing focus

Overview

When an outsider from the “Savage Reservation” is brought back to the “brave new world” he is met with awe and curiosity

This outsider named John rebels against the controlling government and leads a riot

The ultimate questions arises: It life worth living when a human is deprived all feeling of exploration, wonder and love?


Brave new world author born family life writing style writing focus

Characters

John

Grew up outside of the confines of the “brave new world”

Grew up in the “Savage Reservation”

John’s new ideas about relationships, love and individuality challenge the system of the State


Brave new world author born family life writing style writing focus

Characters

Bernard Marx

Part of Alpha Caste

Has unusual views and combined with his unusually short height is somewhat of an outcast

Bernard takes advantage of his relationship with John


Brave new world author born family life writing style writing focus

Characters

Mustapha Mond

One of only 10 World Controllers

In charge of censoring scientific discoveries and exiling people who have beliefs that go against the State

Despite his job, Mond himself was a prolific scientist and an avid reader


Brave new world author born family life writing style writing focus

Characters

Hemholtz Watson

Friend of Bernard’s

He questions the State on a far deeper and more intellectual level than Bernard

By the end of the novel Bernard is ready to leave the restrictive boundaries of the State


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