ENGLISH 1022E October 7 , 2010
ENGLISH – Lecture 6
“Negation of the present”
The Perennial Philosophy (1945)
The Doors of Perception (1954)
“It the doors of perception … cleansed, everything would appear as it is, infinite.” – William Blakz
ESSAY #2, TOPIC #2
a) “When Bernard…” p. 79
b) “The Savage…” p. 215, “…undisturbed,” p. 217
BRAVE NEW WORLD…
o To create backstory, he brings us to a lecture, and we listen to what is going on, what is
happening. We become the students of the Director giving the lecture. We become, with the
narrator, privy to the study before us.
o The evil here is so ordinary, so normal, that people are used to it. Test tube children reduced to
the level of plants with the term “bud”. Responds by budding. It’s also an assembly line: MASS
PRODUCTION. Causes us to adopt a judgemental perspective of what is going on. Elimination of
o Fertilizing room: the light is cold, dead, and lifeless.
o Chapter One and Two: inducts us into this world, exposes us to the evil that lays dormant there,
o Chapter Three: shifts into an entirely different narrative technique: montage. Like in the movies,
the technique by the Russian Eisenstein, where you lay two strips of film together, and switch
back and forth. In the third chapter, Huxley does four pieces, weaving them together.
“Musicalization of Fiction” weaving and interweaving and juxtaposition of different snippets of
characters and storyline. Mustapha Mond: “Mond” a play on the French word for world. Lenina:
talking to her friend about the sex life that’s not there. They get shorter and shorter entries, so