Date of first publication: 1932
Summary of the plot:
In A.F. 632 there is a World Society. People are made in bottles and conditioned to do predestinated work. People have no family, marriage doesn't exist. People are taught to serve the production, to reach the state's motto: "Community, Indentity and Stability". People also are made in different grades of intelligence. Bernard is quite intelligent, but by an error in the Predestination Centre he stayed small and weak. Because of that he's an outcast, and is also often alone. Bernard has a own vision of life. He will be displaced to Iceland. But before he's officially replaced he meets a pretty girl called Lenina. He takes her to a Savage Reservation. There, they meet John and his mother. They take them back to the "brave new world". John falls in love with Lenina. She wants to make love to him very soon, it is normal in her society. But John isn't used to that, he hits her and calls her a stumpet. John's mother dies of too much soma. John is furious with the "brave new world", he tries to make a riot. John and a friend are brought to Island. John isolates himself from the society, and starts a living on his own, he wants to depend on nothing and none. The press discovers and they chase him. John commits suicide.
Period of the story set:
The story is set in A.F. (After Ford) 632, this is 632 years after Ford has released the first T-ford (Grandma Duck-car) this is in about A.D. 2535.
Quote a passage from the text, which, you think, is important:
"But I like the inconveniences."
"We don't," said the Controller. "We prefer to do things comfortably."
"But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin".
"In fact," said Mustapha Mond, "you're claiming the right to be unhappy."
"All right then," said the Savage defiantly, "I'm claiming the right to be unhappy."
"Not to mention the right to grow old and ugly and impotent; the right to have syphilis and cancer; the right to have too little to eat; the right to be lousy; the right to live in
constant apprehension of what may happen tomorrow; the right to catch typhoid; the right to be torturded by unspeakable pains of every kind." There was a long silence."
"I claim them all," said the Savage at last. Mustapha Mond shrugged his shoulders. "You're welcome," he said.
"Brave New World" is how John calls the new modern world in which nobody is unhappy.
The first part of the book is about Bernard:
He is made smart, but he is small, which is not usual. Caused by this fact, he is often alone, and he got a own vision of the society.
The second part is about John, the Savage:
He was born in the savage reservation. He is pesteres by the other children, he can't take part in the religion ceremonies, he's an outcast like Bernard. He wants to go to the modern world, but when he's there it disappoints him.
Most important characters:
Mustapha Mond (=Controller)
Information about the author/Important biographical facts:
Aldous Leonard Huxley (1894-1963) was born in an intellectual English family. He was a brilliant social satirist. He also wrote critics, poems, and essays. He wrote about architecture, science, music, philosophy, history and religion.
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