Brave New World
What's so big about Brave?
The story shifts a bit when Lenina Crowne, a sexy vaccination worker at the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre sets her sights on Bernard. They decide to take a holiday to the Savage Reservation in New Mexico where they find someone that could change their brave new world forever. His name is John.
Analysis of JohnAt this point John, who was born on the reservation, son to Linda who got left behind a couple of decades ago by the current Director of Hatcheries, takes over as the main character. He's a very curious and confused individual since the only two things he knows about the world are from what his mother tells him about London and from what he sees in the reservation which are complete opposites. He's also got a copy of The Complete Works of Shakespeare which the book refers a lot to including excerpts.
Her eyes, her hair, her cheek, her gait, her voice; Handlest in thy discourse O! that her hand, In whose comparison all whites are ink Writing their own reproach; to whose soft seizure The cygnet's down is harsh...On the white wonder of dear Juliet's hand, may seize And steal immortal blessing from her lips, Who, even in pure and vestal modesty, Still blush, as thinking their own kisses sin.People on the reservation grow old and diseased. They worship gods and even Jesus. The religion is a bit mixed up. Whereas people in the civilized world worship Ford and soma. People get married and have children on the reservation where the civilized people have whoever they want, never get married or have children. No wonder John gets confused specially since when he meets Lenina he starts to have an emotional tug-o-war with himself whether to follow what the people have taught him on the reservation or his new found culture of the brave new world.
When he decides to go back to the brave new world with Bernard and Lenina along with his mother he finds that he cannot fit in with the conformity of the society. He despises that people have no individuality and hates soma and free sex.
3 Final thoughts about Brave New World
I want God, I want poetry, I want danger, I want freedom, I want sin.
Universal happiness keeps the wheels steadily turning, truth and beauty can't.The government has provided perfect happiness but in turn the people have lost their individuality. There is no beauty in this book. The truth is hidden and if someone like Bernard starts thinking creatively or like an outsider, the government will send them away forever.
Happiness is by far not a bad thing, but to lose someone's humanity is the worst thing that could happen.
It isn’t only art that is incompatible with happiness, it’s also science. Science is dangerous, we have to keep it most carefully chained and muzzled.Seeing just from these three quotes that I picked from the book you can see that the citizens in this book have a thumb pressed down on them. Come on! Science is so important, but in this world people are not allowed to experiment. They are just stuck in their mediocre world believing that their life is perfect not realizing that their freedom has been taken away by the system that their ancestors created.
They are stuck in a vicious cycle that most likely will not be broken. Space exploration, new inventions, arts, music, literature and movies will never be permitted in this scary under toned dystopian science fiction vision of the future.
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