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BRAVE NEW WORLD: STUDY GUIDE / FREE ANALYSIS
Bottling: the stage where artificially created embryos are put into
sowperitoneum-lined bottles for maturation.
Centrifugal Bumble-Puppy: an intricate ball game played with complicated
Community Sing: a pseudo-religious meeting for the lower castes, promoting
Decanting: the process by which Utopian embryos are removed from the
bottles after maturation.
Ectogenesis: birth outside the human body.
Emotional Engineering: the profession responsible for preparing propagandistic
diversions for the people.
Erotic Play: a pastime for Utopian children, involving exploration
of each other's bodies and meant to absolve all feelings of guilt associated
Five Step: a popular Utopian dance.
Ford: the Utopian idol, the nearest equivalent to God.
Freemartin: a sterilized Utopian woman.
Hypnop'dia: sleep-teaching to inculcate prejudices into the subconscious
of the sleeper.
Internal and External Secretion Trust: this utopian organization is
in charge of hormones and extracts to keep the people young and happy.
Liners and Matriculators: people who work in the Bottling Room.
Malthusian Belt: a device worn to discourage sex in the unsterilized
women to avoid pregnancy.
Malthusian Drill: another device meant for the unsterilized women to
Orgy-Porgy: a ritual where indiscriminate, en masse sexual relations
ensure solidarity in the participants.
Podsnap's Technique: a process resulting in speeding up the ripening
of embryos artificially.
Power Elite: an exclusive and restricted group which exercises power
by forceful means.
Pregnancy Substitute: this medical procedure allows utopian women to
experience the psychological benefits of childbirth without actually undergoing
Scent and Color Organ: a console that plays concertos of fragrant aromas
and capriccios of colored lights.
Sex-hormone Chewing Gum: an artificial means of gaining sexual
Social Predestination: a process by which a card file of data on every
Utopian is preserved to establish a quota system for those types of persons
the state intends to create.
Solidarity Service: a pseudo-religious gathering to promote fraternity
among the upper castes.
Soma: a drug that dulls the passions and understandings of the people
and creates a false sense of happiness. It is frequently consumed to escape
reality, mainly in the form of tablets. For the state, it serves as a
tool of preserving social stability.
Subliminal Projection: an image presented to the sight or words to
the hearing for split seconds and super-imposed upon visual or aural entertainment.
This split-second communication lodges in the subconscious and greatly
influences subsequent behavior.
Super-Vox-Wurlitzerians: a synthetic-music box.
T-Model: the Utopian equivalent of a religious symbol, meant to be
a play upon the Christian cross; it honors Ford, the founder of this utopian
society and alludes to Henry Ford and the mode-T.
Violent Passion Surrogate (V.P.S.): a chemical intended to give the
body the psychological experience of having had normal sexual relations.
Voice of Good Feeling: the artificial voice that suppresses any riot
by soothing the people with suggestions of peace through loudspeakers.
Will-to-Order: the drive in human beings that compels them to forge
unity out of diversity to the extent of over-organizing things.
1. Explain John the Savage's beginning and why he wants to depart
the Savage Reservation.
2. Contrast the brave new world as it exists with John's idealized version of the new world order.
3. What is the significance of the title of the novel and where does it come from?
4. Compare and contrast Bernard and John.
5. Compare and contrast Bernard and Helmholtz.
6. Describe the Controller, Mustafa Mond.
7. Contrast the old world order with the brave new world. Who are the best symbols of each? Defend your answer with specifics from the novel.
8. What is the conflict in the novel and how is it resolved?
9. What is the attitude about sex in the brave new world? How do John, Lenina, and Linda handle their sexual relations in the novel?
10. What aspects of his age is Huxley criticizing in "Brave
New World"? What aspects of our world are satirized in the novel?
11. Explain why brave new world becomes an anti-utopian novel.
12. What does Huxley criticize about science in the novel?
13. Do you believe that the novel has a satisfactory ending? Fully explain your answer.
14. What are some of the high technology gimmicks and comforts that exist in "Brave New World"? Have any of them come to pass?
15. Why do you think that Huxley criticizes the novel as not
being whole or complete? Give specific from the novel to support your
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