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Brave New World

Brave New World

  

by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World Themes

Brave New World Themes

Science

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 vampires, so to speak, but a book about how vampires...

Sex

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 the law and emotional attachment is straight...

Power

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 power in this futuristic society have simply...

Suffering

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 whatever momentary pains may arise. It may s...

Literature and Writing

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 condition children to function as ideal members...

Freedom and Confinement

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 conditioned to love their servitude and no one see...

Isolation

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 experience for the "unique" characters like Jo...

Drugs and Alcohol

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, right? The drug in question here is soma, a...

Identity

Brave New World explores the classic conflict between the individual and society. Remember when your kindergarten teacher taught you about how everyone is unique? Well, forget that lesson today, be...

Spirituality

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 tribal beliefs of Native Americans, a non-denom...

Society and Class

Like Greek life on college campuses around the country, the society in Brave New World is split into five castes: Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons, with a few minor distinctions in...

Dissatisfaction

The dystopian future portrayed in Brave New World clearly leaves a lot to be desired—namely individuality, passion, and love. You know, all those qualities that make humans so human. Since i...

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