Brave New World

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Brave New World The story takes place in a futuristic London at the Central London Hatchery where a group of students are being taught about a thing called Bokanovsky's Process. This process occurs when a human fertilized egg is chemically treated to bud from eight to ninety-six buds. All of the buds will grow to be all identical humans. The humans are then conditioned so they will be impaired to where they 'fit' into society in their selected position. The book is centered on four main Characters. The Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning, a scientist named Lenina, another scientist Bernard and John the Savage. One man, the Ford, controls the entire Western Europe. The Ford's name is Mustapha Mond.

Bernard Marx, a psychologist, is the only discontent person in all of society. He experiences such discontent in things such as materialism, recreational sex, and physical pleasure, which is provide by a drug called soma.

Women look down upon Bernard due to a fault in his decantation, which made him short. But for some reason, Lenina Crowne notices him and agrees to spend a vacation with him at the savage reservation in New Mexico.

Before Bernard and Lenina depart, the D.H.C., or Director of the Center, tells him about how he too had visited the Savage Reservation and lost the woman who accompanied him there. The D.H.C. is embarrassed with the socially unacceptable emotions he is feeling and threatens Bernard with banishment for his sins-not taking soma and not enthusiastically engaging in sex.

When Bernard gets to the reservation, he meets a woman from London who, twenty years ago gave birth to a son, John the Savage. Bernard finds out that the D.H.C. is the father of John and tries to take advantage of the situation. He takes John and Linda back to London and tells the public the truth about the D.H.C. and Linda. The D.H.C. flees out of humiliation of his connection with natural birth.

While John and Linda are in London, John doesn't know what to make of this new exciting place with its lights and smells and music going all of the time. After a while, John begins to find London confusing, strange and repellent. He remembers a quote, "O brave new world / that has such people in it" which reminds him of how amazed he was at first. But he soon realizes the irony, as he becomes more and more disgusted with the society of London.

Then John, Bernard, and Lenina are judged by the world controller, Mustapha Mond. Mond understands all the things that are wrong with society but explains how those errors are a small price to pay for stability. Mustapha banishes Bernard and Helmholtz to the Falkland Islands, but says John must stay in London.

John retreats to a lighthouse, where he tries to purify himself from modernized society by whipping himself and vomiting. Somebody finds him and draws a crowd of reporters. John feels very intruded upon and when he sees Lenina in the crowd, he attacks her with a whip. This large commotion causes a sexual orgy to break out, in accordance with their social training.

Then John wakes up, feeling the effects of soma, and realize what horrible thing he has done. The story ends with his lifeless body hanging from a beam inside of the lighthouse. The theme of the book is that people need to be looked as an individual with specific needs and concerns and feelings not that we should all be the same way all of the time I think that the book is trying to tell us not to let the idea of new, bigger, and supposedly better things for ourselves get in the way of treating our fellow human beings with the dignity that they deserve.