Brave New World

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To gain further knowledge on the Excel theme of technology, I choose to read Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. In this novel Huxley explains what may happen if the human race tries to create a utopia based on technology. This book expanded my knowledge of how technology and the quest for a perfect society can mix, creating a vial and intolerable society. The plot line of the book is very simple, but at the same time it is also very effective. The story takes place in London at least 632 years into the future. The novel starts off by explaining how children are born into the "brave new world". It explains how there are no families and children are created in cloning laboratories known as the hatcheries. It is also noted that children are born to fulfill certain roles in society and are work as young and healthy people up int'l the day they die.

Once children are born they are educated in the Hatcheries in a very crude manner. They are taught to hate nature and to love technology in several ways including sleep hypnosis. They are also taught at a very young age that erotic behavior is good and one should indulge in it with out feeling guilt or pain. Continuing on the important characters of the story are established early in the novel. The main character of the story is Bernard Marx, a member of the high society who is short and ugly as a result of birth complications. Another important character is Lenina Crowne, who is very beautiful nurse at the hatchery and who dates Marx though she believes he is "strange" due to his independent thoughts. Moving on, Marx plans a trip to the savage reservation with Lenina. The savage reservation is a place...