Brave New World -Summary
Huxley's point of view in Brave New World is third person, omniscient (all-knowing). The narrator is not one of the characters and therefore has the ability to tell us what is going on within any of the characters' minds. This ability is particularly useful in showing us a cross section of this strange society of the future. We can be with the Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning in the Central London Conditioning and Hatchery Centre, with Lenina Crowne at the Westminster Abbey Cabaret, with Bernard Marx at the Fordson Community Singery. An extreme example of the technique would be in Chapter Three, when we hear a babble of unidentified voices--Lenina's, Fanny Crowne's, Mustapha Mond's--that at first sound chaotic but soon give us a vivid understanding of this brave new world.
- Used to bring reader into futuristic situation.
- Shows sciences impact on nature
- Show birthing process, designed to appal reader emphasising:
-Cold, unloving, clinical methods, lack of identity
-Used for economic needs, social stability
-Mass production ideals applied, using animal parts
- Conditioning Room Uses:
-Contrasting images, babies and flowers/ electric shocks to enforce immorality within the society
-Flowers and books symbolising imagination and nature treated at dangerous, as to the societies system they are.
-Babies minds littered with evil, discriminatory sentiments
-Moral beliefs replaced by what society desires individuals to believe
- Highlights need for elaborate game to enable increased consumption
- Economic capitalist needs always at forefront
- Children's sexual awareness encouraged
-Preparation for promiscuity
-Eliminating all emotion aspects of sexual behaviour
-Further corrodes bonds that would normally be built, against instincts
- Mustapha's derogatory remark of 'history is bunk'
-Emphasises the societies ignorance of qualities we preserve and value
-Elimination of representations of passion,