Brave New World
Brave New World is supposed be an exciting book about a negative utopia and the corrupt powers of authority. So where’s the big car chase? What's with all the talking?
|Author||Huxley - Aldous Huxley|
|Early 20th-Century Literature||Early 20th-Century British Literature|
Drugs and Alcohol
Freedom and Confinement
Literature and Writing
Society and Class
off to... navel-gaze?
When John, AKA "The Savage,"...
...heads to the big city...
...he finds it full of identical clones controlled by drugs, sex, and genetic engineering.
And he isn't even in southern California.
The brains of this operation is "World Controller" Mustapha Mond, <Moose-toffa Mahnd> who likes
to exile people to islands.
Gotta have a gimmick, right? When John and Mustapha finally meet in Chapter
16, it's the perfect time for a showdown.
Will there be an arm-wrestling match, or... torture?
Nah. Instead, these two main characters have a no-holds-barred, knock-down, drag-out...chat.
Why does Huxley put the brakes on for the rambling conversations in Chapters 16 and
Is he getting paid by the word?
Or was he influenced by multiple viewings of Spider-Man?
Here's one thought... Huxley could be advertising his own beliefs.
Brave New World predicts a future where knowledge is forgotten and replaced with slogans and
Mustapha has well-reasoned arguments as to why independence should be suppressed...
...but is John right to desire freedom with all its flaws?
Or, maybe these chapters were a shout-out to the Bard. Brave New World references over
15 of Shakespeare's plays.
The Tempest gives the book its name, which comes to mean different things to John over
The Tempest also helps John in matters of love, when he's trying to get rid of Lenina.
Chapters 16 and 17 may also be a shout-out to a technique that all the cool playwrights
use...the philosophical dialogue.
Philosophical dialogue breaks down a topic through a conversation between two characters.
Through Mustapha and John, Huxley can look at art, science and religion from totally
different viewpoints... kind of like playing yourself at chess.
Philosophical dialogue lets an author make two arguments at the same time—and in this
case, Huxley really wants John to win. So why does Huxley slow it down for chapters
16 and 17?
Is he using "Brave New World" as a billboard for his beliefs?
Or is he proving his status as Shakespeare's BFF?
Shmoop amongst yourselves.