Brave New World


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Brave New World

  1. 1. Brave New World By: Ethan Blum
  2. 2. Background information <ul><li>Written by Aldous Huxley in 1932 </li></ul><ul><li>Criticized early-mid 1900’s society </li></ul><ul><li>Still pertains to today </li></ul>
  3. 3. Society <ul><li>The book criticizes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the lack of religion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the lack of emotion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the superfluous happiness </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Summary <ul><li>Starts out with Lenina who is considering to go to the Conservation with Bernard. They both go and meet a Caucasian man who was raised there named John. John and his mother are brought back to BNW society. John is introduced to all of the things BNW has to offer. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Summary (Cont) <ul><li>Once John’s mother dies he experiences a mental breakdown and is brought to the Controller. After he is denied a return to his society, he runs away in isolation and purifies himself. This is witnessed by some BNW citizens and is publicized by the media. The novel ends with John committing suicide. For a more detailed summary check out In a Nutshell. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Themes <ul><li>There are many themes in Huxley’s novel. However, the themes that stand out are alienation, happiness, and religion. For more detailed analysis of each theme check out the Themes page </li></ul>
  7. 7. Themes (alienation) <ul><li>John is alienated from the Indians because he is not of their race </li></ul><ul><li>Bernard is alienated because of his Alpha-status and short stature. He also enjoys being alone </li></ul><ul><li>Helmhotz is above everyone else mentally and physically, but can not truly engage with people. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Themes (happiness) <ul><li>The only happiness in BNW is short-lived. </li></ul><ul><li>There is no meaning to anything </li></ul><ul><li>Huxley’s message is that to have true happiness, one must have meaning in life </li></ul>
  9. 9. Themes (religion) <ul><li>Religion causes a deep connection with the spiritual world </li></ul><ul><li>It could lead to questions about life and society) </li></ul><ul><li>This causes instability within BNW society </li></ul>
  10. 10. Symbols <ul><li>There are many symbols in Huxley’s novel. </li></ul><ul><li>The ones that stand out are soma, “horizontal hustle”, and technology. </li></ul><ul><li>For more detailed analysis of each symbol check out the Symbols page </li></ul>
  11. 11. Soma <ul><li>Soma is a narcotic used by much of the populace for immediate happiness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Also used for spiritual effects, but without the actual religious component </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. “Chicken parmesan” <ul><li>“ Horizontal hustle”, “chicken parmesan”, or you may call it as you wish, is also used in the book for instant happiness. Unlike a moral society there are no emotions attached to this act </li></ul>
  13. 13. Technology <ul><li>Technology is used in the book for instant gratification too. These new ways to do things make it a lot easier for the person to accomplish simple tasks. In the book the citizens use so much advance technology that they are lazy. </li></ul>
  14. 14. More help? <ul><li>If you need more study help and in-depth analysis of the book, check out the rest of the site! </li></ul>
  15. 15. THE END