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Unformatted text preview: In this chapter, Huxley introduces the dystopian combination of religion and sex, featuring a date in a cathedral/cabaret juxtaposed with a spiritual ritual that ends in an orgy. Henry and Lenina's dinner and dancing evening emphasizes the artificiality of their world. The night is clear and starry, but they are unaware of the stars at all because of the overpowering electric sky- signs that light up London. In this point, Huxley's response to his own era — artificial light already dominating the city night — strongly influences his ideas about the futuristic world. Inside Westminster Abbey Cabaret — the new use for the historical, venerable site where English kings and queens were once crowned — the domed ceiling offers another sky altogether: a tropical sunset. Perception is also modified by the soma served at dinner so that everyone and everything...
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This note was uploaded on 12/02/2011 for the course ENG 2301 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.
- Fall '07