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The Effectiveness of A Brave New World

Uploaded by shimzim on Mar 30, 2009

A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is an effective book, which is set in a futuristic time. The book has twists and turns, captivating and intriguing the readers, making them want to read more. By taking aspects of real life, Huxley makes it a possibility that a fictional book can become reality. It does not seem futuristic now, but it is still relevant to life now and in the future. More than seventy-five years after it was written, A Brave New World, is still a good read.

Captivating with twists and turns is one way Huxley makes his book effective. As the readers begin to delve further into the book they find that there is not only one protagonist but two. The two protagonists are Bernard Max and John. Bernard is the first protagonist until he visits the reservation, then John is introduced into the story. This brings a whole new character and story into the book. When John is introduced into the book, he is not only a new character, but also new to the society. He is an outsider who was raised on Shakespeare. Even though John is brought up well, he follows Shakespeare’s morals; thus, he ends his life due to his inner conflicts. Another twist is when readers discover that in this society, all babies are "test tube" babies.

As the readers begin to study the book, they discover that Huxley puts many aspects of ordinary, or real, life into his book. Even though the book is a utopia, the society still judges people by their origins, for example:
[quote:0ea0c73040]Alpha children wear grey. They work much harder than we do, because they're so frightfully clever. I'm awfully glad I'm a Beta, because I don't work so hard. And then we are much better than the Gammas and Deltas. Gammas are stupid. They all wear green, and Delta children wear khaki. Oh no, I don't want to play with Delta children. And Epsilons are still worse. They're too stupid to be able to read or write. Besides they wear black, which is such a beastly colour. I'm so glad I'm a Beta.[/quote:0ea0c73040] (Huxley 27)
As you can see in the quote above, people are put into classes like a caste system. Similarly to life, this book has a ying and a yang. Although it is portrayed as a utopia, the society is really considered a...

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Uploaded by:   shimzim

Date:   03/30/2009

Category:   Literature

Length:   3 pages (700 words)

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