Essay on Analysis and Critique of Brave New World

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Analysis and Critique of Brave New World

The novel opens in the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning
Centre, in the years A.F., or After Ford. Ford is the God-surrogate, a corruption of the name Freud, the controversial psychosexual psychologist. The Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning is leading a tour group of young students around a lab. He explains the scientific process by which human beings are fertilized and custom-made, and shows them the Social Predestination room, where workers create the social castes. They pass onto the conditioning rooms, where they reinforce the caste divisions by sleep-teaching.

Lenina confirms with Bernard that she would like to go on a trip with him to The Savage Reservation.
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Bernard triumphantly presents Linda and John, the Director's lost woman and illegitimate son. The Director is laughed out of office.
Bernard is the big man on campus.

Lenina is interested in The Savage, and so she takes him out, and much to her chagrin, they do not have sex.

The Savage refuses to appear at an assembly. This shatters Bernard's reputation. Lenina is absent-minded, thinking about the Savage. He tells her he loves her and she undresses. Disgusted by the sexual degradation of the society, he violently rejects her.

The Savage is in the Hospital for the Dying to visit his mother. He hears the low-caste workers and several children talking badly about her and has a violent reaction. Suddenly, Linda wakes, recognizes him, and dies. He attempts to destroy a large supply of soma, causing a riot, and the police take him away, along with Bernard and Helmholtz.

The three meet with Mustapha Mond. Mustapha Mond and the Savage speak of religion. Mond says that there is a choice between machinery, scientific medicine, and universal happiness-- or God.

The Savage flees, planning to become independent. He repents by whipping himself. One day a photographer makes a popular film about
The Savage. The Savage becomes a celebrity. There is a huge riot which turns into an orgy. The next morning, reporters find that the Savage has hung himself.

THEMES/SYMBOLS

Ford, “my Ford,” “Year of our Ford,” etc.

Throughout Brave New World,

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