Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley (1932)
Blog posts and presentations due: Monday, October 22
- Group 3: Is the World State… actually so bad?
- Group 4: Where is John really the most “free”– in the reservation, in the World State, or on his own?
Write a post here of about 200 words discussing one of these questions; or make your post a reply to someone else’s post.
Your presentation must present an opinion or argument; it cannot just summarize the story. You must e-mail or speak to me before your presentation to have it approved.
- Discuss the satire and humor in Brave New World.
- Discuss the historical meaning of the character names (Marx, Lenina, Ford, Bernard [Shaw]). Why does Huxley use them?
- It seems in some ways like a seductively good idea– isn’t everyone well off and safe in the World State? Why are Bernard and Helmholtz unhappy, and are they right to be?
- Are there things in life better than being happy? Why are they denied in the World State?
- Huxley once complained that a society where people were controlled through childish pleasures wasn’t much different from California! Do you think there are cultures now that are too much like the World State?
- Discuss how factory production (even of people) is depicted or satirized in the novel.
- The role of sex and love in the novel. Do you find the novel offensive? Why?
- Discuss the castes of people in the novel. Is it true that a society of only high intellectuals would be a disaster?
- Is John really more “free” in the savage reservation than the people in the cities?
- Is pain really necessary for the possibility of true happiness?