A Summary of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World Essay

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Mrs. Evans

May 7, 2012

Brave New World: A Shortened Long Form

Title: Brave New World

Author: Aldous Huxley

Date of Publication: 1932

The Author and His Times

Aldous Huxley was born to an elite and intellectual family on July 26, 1894. His family consisted of writers and scientists, and he felt obliged to have the same success. When he was younger, he showed more intelligence and insight than the rest of the children. He also, however, had a rather large head which kept him from walking until he was two. His large head also gave him the childhood nickname of “Ogie”, which was short for Ogre (Brave New World P.S. 3). In school he was interested in becoming a scientist. However, at the age
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She is a vaccination worker at the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre. She is very promiscuous, except for her four month relationship with Henry Foster. She is attracted to Bernard and his strange appearance, and becomes obsessed with John and his strange behavior. She is desired by many men, and Henry even says, “Lenina Crowne... oh, she’s a splendid girl. Wonderfully pneumatic. I’m surprised you haven’t had her” (Brave New World 44). She is the image of the World State’s Policy; she relates to people through sex, and cannot understand John and Bernard’s alternate way of thinking.

John is the son of Linda, the Director’s ex-lover which took her to the Reservation, and then lost her. He reads Shakespeare, and loves Lenina. He was alienated from the rest of the Reservation children, much like Bernard and the World State. When John goes to the World State, he is alienated even more, and is looked at like a museum item. He worries about his mother taking so much soma, and when she dies and the lower class trainees say she is ugly, he starts a riot. However, when he first arrives in the World State, he is happy to finally see the place his mother loved and missed so much. When he arrives he says, “O brave new world that has such people in it” (Brave New World 160). So at first he really likes London. However, when he starts to learn more about the place he