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Brave New World

Brave New World

  

by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World Themes

Brave New World Themes

Science

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Huxley wrote that the focus of Brave New World isn't science itself, but science as it affects people. Just like how Twilight isn't a book about vampire...

Sex

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Let's talk about sex, baby. In Brave New World, sex and violence are portrayed as the two extremes of passion. In this futuristic world, promiscuity is...

Power

(Click the themes infographic to download.) As one character puts it, power in Brave New World "is a matter of sitting, not hitting." Rather than using violence to enforce the law (ahem), those in...

Suffering

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Brave New World takes place in a tightly controlled world where technology has all but eliminated suffering and a widely used narcotic called soma dulls...

Literature and Writing

(Click the themes infographic to download.) In the futuristic dystopia of Brave New World, "history is bunk," literature is outlawed, and the only serious writing is the sleep-teachings used to co...

Freedom and Confinement

(Click the themes infographic to download.) The citizens of Brave New World's futuristic society are in a constant state of imprisonment. But, just like your trusty family dog, they've been condi...

Isolation

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Isolation is a tricky bird in Brave New World—even trickier than that time Big Bird counted to 17 on Sesame Street. On the one hand, it's a painful e...

Drugs and Alcohol

(Click the themes infographic to download.) In Brave New World, drugs aren't just pretty common; they're distributed en masse by the government. Yes, the government. So much for Just Say No,...

Identity

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Brave New World explores the classic conflict between the individual and society. Remember when your kindergarten teacher taught you about how everyone...

Spirituality

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Considering this is a novel about a dystopian future, there sure is a whole lot of spirituality in Brave New World. We see a mix of Christianity, the tr...

Society and Class

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Like Greek life on college campuses around the country, the society in Brave New World is split into five castes: Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas, a...

Dissatisfaction

(Click the themes infographic to download.) The dystopian future portrayed in Brave New World clearly leaves a lot to be desired—namely individuality, passion, and love. You know, all those...

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