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Brave New World Aldous Huxley Published in 1932 State standard 3.9 -- analyzing philosophical arguments in literary works.
The title is an allusion to Shakespeare’s
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in't!
Genre: Science fiction, dystopia
The opposite of dystopia is utopia, a perfect society.
Why is this novel considered a
A dystopia is a society that seeks perfection through control and conditioning.
Satire and social commentary
Science fiction is set in the future, but it satirizes conditions in the present.
A critique of our modern sensibilities
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
*Are people just a conglameration of chemical reactions and responses to stimuli?
*Are we more than the sum of our parts?
*Eugenics: who can define it?
What a piece of work is a man!
Eugenics is the study and practice of selective breeding applied to humans, with the aim of improving the species. Widely popular in the early decades of the 20th century, it has largely fallen into disrepute after having become associated with Nazi Germany.
Totalitarianism and communism
How are our minds manipulated by outside sources such as our government, media, and peers? Is this always “bad” for us?
What function does the caste system serve?
BNW as political literature
Questions For Next Class:
BNW questions the wisdom of consumerism and the illusion of instant gratification.
What is psychological conditioning?
Are we psychologically conditioned today?
Buy, Buy, Buy!
Can science and technology save the human race?
Better living through chemicals!
A 1-2 page paper about your opinion on the question that was assigned to your