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Brave New World - Study Guide
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Describe the setting for the opening chapter of Brave New World. In what city and year does this novel take place?
It is inside the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Center. The atmosphere is stark and clinical. A.F. 632
What is the motto of the World State?
COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY
Explain what is happening at the Hatchery and Conditioning Center.
The Director of Hatchery and Conditioning is conducting new students through the center. They are learning about artificial reproduction and hatching of the eggs.
Describe Bokanovsky's Process.
One egg is made to "bud", resulting in as many as 96 identical embryos.
What are the five casts of the World State?
Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon.
What two objects are the babies being conditioned to dislike?
Books and Flowers.
Why does the State condition the masses to dislike the country?
They do not consume any goods if they simply enjoy natural pleasures in the country.
Explain how hypnopaedia works.
Children are taught State-prescribed moral and social principles through sleep-teaching, three times a week for 30 months.
What is the requirement for any new games? Why is this so?
They must require at least as much apparatus as the most complicated of existing games to increase consumption.
Explain the State's attitude toward sex. How does the State regard marriage?
Citizens are expected to be promiscuous. Children are taught erotic play to free them of any sense of guilt or repression. They feel that marriage, monogamy, and romance keep a society from being stable because they cause an exclusiveness, a narrow channeling of impulse and energy, which focus upon the individual only as a part of the whole community.
Where do Bernard Marx and Lenina Crowe plan to visit?
They plan to visit the Savage Reservation in New Mexico.
Explain Bernard Marx's attitude toward the state.
Bernard expresses a desire for solitude and seems to want to oppose the teachings of the State.
Compare the recreation and social activities of the lower castes with those of the upper castes.
All castes engage in group sports in the country such as Escalator Squash and Centrifugal Bumble-puppy. Upper castes travel by helicopter while lower castes use the monorail. The Solidarity Service is a social activity reserved for the upper castes. Lower castes have community sings. Only upper castes can go on holidays to places outside the World State.
Over the stormy water if the English Channel, what desire does Bernard express to Lenina?
He wants to be alone with her.
Bernard learns that he is going to be deported to Iceland. Why?
He does not conform to the standards of his caste, such as having many different girls and using soma.
What are three conditions that Lenina dislikes at the reservation?
She dislikes dirtiness, no soma, and old, ugly people.
John ("The Savage") reveals that he was born on the reservation. Who is his father, and where is he now?
The reader can conclude that John's father (Tomakin) and the D.H.C. are the same person.
Why does Linda suffer dislike and rejection on the reservation?
Linda is disliked because she is different and hates the Reservation. The women especially dislike her because she does not understand monogamy.
From what sources has John obtained his education?
It is from a book of Shakespeare's works and from the old men of the pueblo.
What do Bernard and John have in common?
They're both shunned and try to rebel but are silenced in different ways. Both are lonely, outcasts of their societies.
Why does Bernard want to take John and Linda to London?
To embarrass the D.H.C and thus avoid his own exile.
How does John feel when he discovers Lenina asleep on her soma holiday?
Name three faults that the D.H.C. finds with Bernard's behavior. ow does Bernard react to the D.H.C.'s accusations?
"By his heretical views on sport and soma, by the scandalous unorthodoxy of his sex life, by his refusal to obey the teachings of Our Ford and behave out of office hours..."
Bernard reacts by confidently revealing Linda and John.
What "obscenity" does Linda fling at the D.H.C. (Tomakin?)
The fact that she had a baby and became a mother ("You made me have a baby...")
How do the workers react to John's calling the D.H.C. "my father"? Why?
The workers laugh "...more loudly than ever," and upset the test tubes. The word "father" is a swear word in the World State.
What happens to the D.H.C. after the scene in the Fertilizing Room?
The D.H.C "...resigned immediately and never set foot inside the Centre again".
Give three reasons why no one has the smallest desire to see Linda.
1. She said she was a mother.
2. She was not a real savage (she was bottle-born too)
3. Her appearance ("Fat; having lost her youth; with bad teeth, and a blotched complexion, and that figure...")
Explain Bernard's sudden increase in popularity.
Bernard becomes popular because people are using him to get to John.
Who is Ariel?
Ariel is a character from Shakespeare's play "The Tempest".
How does John react to viewing the factory?
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