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Huxley, Aldous: Brave New World
Brave New World
Society: Community, identity and stability (main aspects) are
Everybody belongs to one group of people: Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas
and Epsilons. Alphas are people with high abilities and knowledge. They work for
example as scientists. Epsilons are the last group in this hierarchy. They
can´t read and do low work. Epsilons are the only black group. If somebody
is an Alpha or an Epsilon is decided by doctors when their life starts. All
babies are made in bottles were chemicals influence their development. After the
unbotteling electro shocks and sleep-teaching is used to condition the babies
till they are 12. So nearly nobody asks why he isn’t an Alpha, because
this conditioning erases the real person. The identity is forced by Bokanovsky
groups. This means that from one egg up to 94 twins are born.
Nothing that can be compared with marriage does exist. So family life has
A drug called soma is used by everyone. It isn’t illegal. But nobody
of the lower classes knows that it is drug. Every day after the work they get
their ration. This helps people to be happy all the time. This leads to the
stability the world controller wants.
Religion: The whole story is set in 632 A.F. (Anno Fordii).
Henry Ford lived from 1863 to 1947. His book “My Life and Work” is
like the “Holy Bible” in our days. The “Fordson community
singery” building is like our church. And the “T” as a
religious sign is like the crucifix. The “T” comes from Model T
which was the name of the first mass-produced car.
Story: Bernard Marx is an Alpha plus. He and his friend
Helmholz Watson think that there must be more than this life. Lenina is a Betha.
She works in the Hatching and Conditioning Center were the babies and children
live. She is very good looking. She tried all the Alpha plus men in the center.
The last one is Bernard. He offers her to make a trip to the savage reservation.
Before they fly to the reservation Bernard´s director tells him the story
about a girl who got lost when he was in the reservation with her. When Lenina
and Bernard arrive at the reservation they make a trip to the village. A blond
boy lives in the village. After having talked to his mother Bernard knows that
the woman is the lost girl. The boy is her and the director´s son. The boy
wasn’t accepted in the village. Because of this he agrees when Bernard
asks him if he wants to come to the “Other Place”. The boy is a real
attraction for the citizens of the “Other Place”. In the beginning
John, the savage, likes the new world but he doesn’t want to take soma.
John falls in love with Lenina but she doesn’t understand that he
doesn’t want to share her with other men. Once John tries to tell a group
of Deltas that they will be free if they stop taking soma. After a fight he and
his friends Helmholz and Bernard are brought to the world controller of Europe.
Mustapha Mond talks with John about Shakespeare because this is the only book
John has ever read. He explains that this is now a forbidden book. During this
dialog Bernard loses controll. He is brought to hospital. The world controller
decides to send the two Alpha plus on a island where other people live who are
to individual. John doesn’t know what to do. After some time he finds an
old lighthouse where he wants to live. But after a few days of peaceful life
some people find him. Next day hundreds of helicopters come to the lighthouse
for visiting the strange “animal”. John commits suicide.
The Author: Aldous Huxley
He was born in 1894. He came from a family of brilliant scientists. They
want him to be a doctor. The book “Brave New World” appeared in
1932. In 1963 Huxley died.