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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Brave New World Reading Notes (4 & 5)

Here is a little summary of the chapters:
The world that Bernard and Lenina know is somewhat frightening. Bernard understands the artificial world he lives in and it seems as if Lenina wants to know, but because of pressure from society she holds her defiant thoughts inside. I found it interesting how Huxley constantly had a stream of different dialogue for at least five pages that kept the reader questioning themselves about who exactly was talking. By doing this I believe Huxley kept the reader involved while also creating a conflict in the beliefs between three main characters.

Here are some of literary techniques I found in the book:
Opening Statement: "Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment."
Basically he is saying that being regretful is the worst feeling to have.

He felt that regretting the work he had done on Brave New World would mean that he would have to rewrite the book and being a different person as he was when he first wrote the story he would not only get rid of the faults and flaws but also of the great parts it originally possessed. For this reason he did not let chronic remorse affect his story.

He felt the biggest defect in his story was the fact that the Savage was only offered two alternatives which were an insane life in Utopia or the life of a primitive in an Indian village.
The author feels that if he could change that detail he would give the savage a third option which would be the option of sanity!

Setting: Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre (D.H.C.)
A.F. (After Ford ~Symbolism) 632 : This was the year that the story takes place in.

The italics that Huxley uses through chapter one on the story represents the ideas that are supposed to catch the readers attention. Not only that but also the ideas that the students, who are ferociously scribbling away, should/will take away from the lecture tour.

The Greek letters in the story represent the fact that individualism does not exist in this new world. The fact that all humans are categorized into Alpha, Beta, or Epsilon. These categories allow individuals to be filed along with others like a stack of papers.

The idea that the embryos where like the photographic film represents the fact that the embryos can be developed however the creator decides. So whatever mold is given to them is what the embryo will become.

On page 64, I found indirect and direct characterization of Bernard.

On page 78, there is an allusion to the clock-tower in London, but in the case of the book it is called Big Henry

On page 85, personification of Big Henry by saying the clock sung 11

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