The Fourth Eye

Brave New World

Author(s):

Huxley, A. (1932). Brave New World: A Novel. GardenCity, N.Y., Doubleday, Doran & company, inc.

The world was full of fathers – was therefore full of misery.

  • Community, Identity, Stability
  • Decanting babies as socialized human beings, deliberate class creation
  • “And that, put the Director sententiously, that is the secret of happiness and virtue – liking what you’ve got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their unescapable social destiny”
  • Instinctive hatred of books and flowers inbuilt , p 22
  • A love of nature keeps no factories busy. It was decided to abolish the love of nature, at any rate among the lower classes.”
  • Demonization of home, history, parents, books,
  • “The world was full of fathers, was therefore full of misery.” P. 39
  • “Fortunate boys!”, said the Controller, “No pains have been s pared to make your lives emotionally easy, to preserve you, so far as that is possible, from having emotions at all”
  • “and what makes it worse, she thinks of herself as meat.” P. 53
  • Everyone belongs to everyone else – compulsory promiscuity
  • “That she should have found him funny for not wanting to talk of their most private affairs in public” p 64
  • Helmholtz Watson & Bernard, “What the two men shared was the knowledge that they were individuals.” P 67
  • Awareness of indoctrination but its persistent effectiveness. Everyone is happy now, yearning to conform
  • “That mania to start with, for doing things in private, which meant, in practice, not doing anything at all. For what was there that one could do in private? P. 88
  • “we don’t encourage them to indulge in any solitary amusements p. 163
  • Corruption of success = Bernard’s yearning to conform
  • “Remember, they’ve had at least a quarter of a million warnings against solitude” p 182
  • “We make them hate solitude, and we arrange their lives so that it is almost impossible for them to ever have it.” P 235
  • “The savage shrugged his shoulders. “Anywhere, I don’t care. So long as I can be alone.” P 243

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