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Discussion Guide forBRAVE NEW WORLDAldous HuxleyThe Great Books Foundation
ABOUT THIS DISCUSSION GUIDEHow should society be governed? How should communities bestructured? Download the free Great Books Foundation Film andBook Discussion Guides to continue the conversation. These guideswere developed by Great Books Foundation editors, to extendthe discussion of utopia and dystopia to films and longer writtenworks.This discussion guide includes references toBrave New World(Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2006).More guides are available in the Discussion Guides section ofgreatbooks.orgCopyright © 2015 by The Great Books FoundationCover image: Unite D’habitation, Marseille, France, Architect: LeCorbusier, 1952. Copyright © Edmund Sumner/VIEW/Corbis.THE GREAT BOOKS FOUNDATIONA nonprofit educational organization
1Discussion Guide forBrave New WorldABOUTBRAVE NEW WORLDDespite the fact thatBrave New World(1932) was publishedshortly after Aldous Huxley had come to be an internationallyrecognized author, it received a tepid response from critics andreaders alike. Many did not consider it an engaging work of lit-erature and were put off by its unconcealed portrayal of casualsexuality and drug use. Although many reviews accused it ofbeing flat as a work of fiction and didactic as a philosophicalmusing, Huxley had many years before made it clear that heoften elected to write “puppets.” As he explained in a letter, he is“not a realist and [doesn’t] take much interest in the problem ofportraying real living people.” Any flatness of characters is not afailure of characterization, but an intentional utilization of suchpuppets.Moreover, before World War II, the novel was viewed asmisguided in its predictions. Huxley described a society thatwas kept in control by the advances of technology and science.Instead of attributing the subjugation of the masses to evil politi-cal forces, Huxley depicts a populace that willingly submits tothe authority of its elite scientists and technocrats.

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Test, The Tempest, Brave New World, Thomas Henry Huxley

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