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ENG 103W Lecture Notes (03/12/12)

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Simon Fraser University
Tiffany Werth

Brave New World  Can technology create a perfect future world? Can it improve human condition?  You cannot go backwards  Ending is a profound, de-spiriting conclusion - suicide is the only option for the savage  Nervous about a collective mind – idea that equality = happiness  Fears with the advent of technology, loses perfection of human consciousness  “The passion for equality, tended to outweigh and perhaps even exclude...I think then that the species of oppression by which democratic nations are menaced is unlike anything which has anything..the will of man is not shattered but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting;“ – Alexis de Tocqueville in order to experience self in a world driven by mass consumption/production, what we lose is something more profound  Was the cost for creating BNW worth it? Is the goal of happiness abundance? Plenty of food? No aging? No work?  Dependency on technology – what is the cost of the dependency? Shee Lande – Gender Utopias  Females taken advantage of in the Land of Cockaigne BNW Lenina is numatic  everything so far haven’t addressed the issue of gender equality, gender utopia Man’s perspective of what a gender utopia would look like  Almost near contemporary to Bacon’s Atlantis  Bishop Hall – Anglican clergyman, fan of satire  Idea of something bei
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