English Lecture October 5, 2010
English Lecture “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley
“Negation of the Present”
- BNW has a lot of Nazi Parallels (‘bad’ things are weeded out just like the Jews were
killed. No homosexuals in BNW; they’re weeded out)
- The purpose of the people in BNW is doing everything for society
- Helmholtz really wants to be a poet which makes him the mystic/unique one
- Difference between genuine creativity vs. creativity aloud in BNW
4 Types of Individuals in Rebellion Against Society
1. Neurotics: Bernard; people who are in an internal conflict between what they know
they shouldn’t be doing but society approves of it
2. Artist: Perpetually trying to create something
3. Genius: Mustapha Mond
4. Criminal: John Savage
- People are conditioned but there are some people who feel like there’s something
wrong. Lenina has it in her to rebel, but she won’t.
- In this society, women have gained birth control. Lenina is basically seen as a human
blow up doll ‘pneumatic’
- The very thing that mothers/women used to protect their children from (sex, death)
they now openly expose them to.
October 7, 2010
English Lecture on “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley
Telos, Technology = first and final cause
“negation of the present”
The Perennial Philosophy (1945)
The Doors of Perception (1954)
"If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is,
infinite” - William Blake
________ English Lecture October 5, 2010
- Huxley uses Director of Hatcheries to teach us about this new world. Kind of makes it
like we are there, being taught.
- Huxley makes us part of the world by using acronyms (DHC)
- Evil is ordinary. What’s happening is so normal that no one objects to it.
- Talking like “mass production” of people reminds one of animals, plants.
- After Chapter 2 Huxley switches to a different narrative technique, Montage.
- Montages make you critical and judgmental. You see the connection from the
montage because things are made easier to compare.
- Chapter 3 is four stories that are woven together like melodies in a jazz number.
- Musicalization of Fiction - juxtaposition of different components that force
readers to figure out what is really happening.
- 4 Stories: Mustapha Mond (world, turkey lead