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Published on December 8, 2007

Author: mikemull

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Brave New World Aldous Huxley

The title is an allusion to Shakespeare’s O, wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in't! The Tempest

O, wonder!

How many goodly creatures are there here!

How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,

That has such people in't!

Genre: Science fiction, dystopia The opposite of DYSTOPIA is UTOPIA, a perfect society. Eden, Shangri-La, Eldorado are utopias. Nazi Germany and the USSR = dystopias. A dystopia is a society that seeks perfection through control and conditioning.

The opposite of DYSTOPIA is UTOPIA, a perfect society.

Eden, Shangri-La, Eldorado are

utopias.

Nazi Germany and the USSR =

dystopias.

Satire and social commentary Science fiction is set in the future, but it satirizes conditions in the present. A critique of the modern

Science fiction is set in the future, but it satirizes conditions in the present.

Human Nature Are people just a conglameration of chemical reactions and responses to stimuli? Are we more than the sum of our parts? What a piece of work is a man!

Are people just a conglameration of chemical reactions and responses to stimuli?

Are we more than the sum of our parts?

Totalitarianism and communism BNW is a prophetic warning against the dangers of societies that have a “one size fits all” solution for human beings. BNW as political literature

BNW is a prophetic warning against the dangers of societies that have a “one size fits all” solution for human beings.

Consumerism BNW questions the wisdom of consumerism and the illusion of instant gratification. Buy, Buy, Buy!

BNW questions the wisdom of consumerism and the illusion of instant gratification.

Progress Modern thinkers have questioned the idea that the human race is progressing toward a better future. Getting better?

Modern thinkers have questioned the idea that the human race is progressing toward a better future.

Technology Can science and technology save the human race? Better living through chemicals!

Can science and technology save the human race?

Art The World State has no art because it is unnecessary. Is art necessary? Do people NEED art? What is the function of art?

The World State has no art because it is unnecessary.

Is art necessary? Do people NEED art?

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