Huxley’s A Brave New World is a third well known dystopian novel, together with Fahrenheit 451 and 1984, which in many way is topical in today’s society.
Analyse and interpret the text. Tie you discussion to the text using examples and quotes.
(The questions below are quoted from the textbook Viewpoints 3 p. 174)
- In the text it is suggested that it is better for individuals to focus on particulars rather than generalities. What is meant by this, and how do you think this could be seen to benefit society?
- What do you think is meant by the term ‘social stability’ in the text?
- The novel Brave New World depicts a society which has been influenced by Henry Ford and his mass production model for car manufacturing. There are countless references to this throughout the novel, such as the use of the expression ‘My Ford’ instead of ‘My Lord’. find other examples of the influence of Ford and his model in this extract.
- What is being manufactured in the factory? How is the idea of ‘mass production’ being put into action with this product?
- Even though Brave New World was written as a reaction to society in 1932, many argue that the novel is still relevant today. Do you agree? Why/ why not?
- One important aspect of society in Brave New World is happiness. As long as citizens are happy, society can be kept stable. It is therefore argued that happiness is more important than truth. What is your opinion on this?
- The novel also tackles the age-old question of ‘nature versus nurture’. Research this question an describe how it fits with the text.
- What is your stance on nature versus nurture? Explain your view.
Reference: Gustafsson, L. & Wivast, U. (2014). Viewpoints. 3. Malmö: Gleerup.
Record your discussion or take notes and hand in.
Then continue reading Fahrenheit 451 using the reading instructions.
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