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genre
Genre
  • Brave New World falls into the genre of Science-Fiction. a general definition follows from science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein, “realistic speculation about possible future events, based solidly on adequate knowledge of the real world, past and present, and on a thorough understanding of the nature and significance of the scientific method.“
  • Brave New World certainly fits this definition given that the scientific and social changes in the novel directly mimic our own scientific and social changes. Huxley is primarily concerned with the shift in social mores, particularly focusing on the those regarding sex.
sub genre
Sub-genre
  • Apocalyptic fiction is a sub-genre of science fiction that is concerned with the end of civilization due to a catastrophe such as nuclear warfare, pandemic, impact event, cybernetic revolt, Technological Singularity, supernatural phenomena, Ecological disaster, resource depletion or some other general disaster. Post-apocalyptic fiction is set in a world or civilization after such a disaster. In most cases, the society is unrecognizable (think I am Legend). In this case, society has rebuilt itself to “fix” the issues that created the Nine Years War.
background
Background
  • Written in 1932, BNW is now popular for Huxley’s ability to envision scientific possibilities that hadn’t even been mentioned.
  • It wasn’t until 1978 that the first test-tube baby was born, 46 years after BNW was published.
  • Currently, scientists are working on DNA tampering in order to remove diseases and make us live longer.
  • BNW is a dystopia - society is one in which the conditions of life are miserable, characterized by human misery, poverty, oppression, violence, disease, and/or pollution. However, it was formed under the belief that the new world would be better.
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Other popular dystopias are seem in The Giver, 1984, and Minority Report

  • Huge allusion – The title. In Shakespeare’s The Tempest 18-year old Miranda has been stranded on an island since infancy and has never seen another human except for her father. When a ship wreck occurs near the island, the survivors end up on the island as well. Miranda had assumed she and her father were unique, alone in the world. When she sees he other humans she states, “O brave new world that has such people in’t.”
themes
Themes
  • Be ware of technology and government control
  • The right of individuals to self-discovery vs. mass happiness and stability.
  • The Incompatibility of Happiness and Truth
  •  The danger of a lack of morals
  • Consumerism
  • Importance of family