A Brave New World

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A brave new world by Aldous Huxley 1) This is a futuristic social novel. It describes the economy 600 years from now.

Before I go any further I would like to explain the way of life in that period. Humans are bred and conditioned by scientific methods to create a society in which people have peaceful, responsibly happy lives but no individual freedom or opportunity for passion. The human race is separated in 5 different classes: the Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas and Epsilons. And they live their life according to these classes. For example: an alpha can work, as a director while an epsilon has to do the dirty work. But doesn't mind doing that work because he was thought to like it even before he was born. The word mother is considered disgusting because everyone is born out of a bottle. It is a world in which all aspects of individuality are discouraged and group unity is everything; a world in which faithfulness to one sexual partner is viewed with disapproval and in which unhappiness can be cured by a couple of Soma tablets (an Indian drug that makes people forget their troubles and be happy).

2) Characters: Bernard Marx: Member of the Psychology Bureau of the Central London Hatchery. He feels differently than other members of society, which is thought to be caused by an accidental dosage of alcohol into his blood surrogate while he was still in the tube.

Lenina Crowne: One of the most popular members of civilization. She is very attractive, and tends to date one person at a time rather that "everybody belongs to everybody".

She develops an obsession for John.

Helmholtz Watson: An Emotional Engineer of the civilization. He is very handsome and strong, and thus has lots of women. Throughout the story,