Independent Reading Journal- Nov.5-Max Mingo

 

In Bill Bryson’s A Short Story of Nearly Everything. He’s writing about all the incredible bacterium’s that were thought to not have been able to exist, and how scientists were in disbelief about the ability of life to survive.

Scientist in Australia found microbes known as thiobacillus concretivorans that lived In-indeed, could not live without-concentrations of sulfuric acid strong enough to dissolve metal. A species called Micrococcus radiophilus was found living happily in the waste tanks of nuclear reactors, gorging itself on plutonium and whatever else was there. (pg.304)

I find this wildly fascinating and incredible, this quote incites curiosity inside me and makes science feel fun and exciting. Bill Bryson has a great way of making the reader feel astonishment and disbelief, through bringing up unknown history and facts. The quote greatly shows why I have an attractiveness to the sciences, math, and numbers may be boring but the end product always makes you stand back and appreciate the world.

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Margaret Atwood’s Introduction

Margaret Atwood’s Introduction

 

I agree that Brave New World has ideas that are simply exaggerated versions of the technological advancements we have in our world today. Atwood states “and busily engaging in schemes for genetic enhancement and – to go Brave New World one better – for immortality” (vi). I agree with this statement because the government in Brave New World may not want their citizens to live forever but they do want their society to live on forever  and Ford’s ideas.

 

However, I disagree with the ideas that at such a young age in this society that playing erotic games is acceptable. I think this is one of the only ideas in this novel that isn’t an exaggeration but quite the opposite. In our society it is quite frowned upon for pretty much anyone under the age of adulthood to do such things that children are doing in Brave New World. I was most confused by was the changing of topics, She seemed to talk about one thing and then move onto the next without a bridge in between that connected the topics.

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Atwoods Introduction Response _ Eloise

Atwoods Introduction
“Meaning in fact has been eliminated” (p.vii) I agree with her when she says this because in A Brave New World, all books, works of art and music have been banned because it causes chaos and disturbs their happiness with spots of doubt. This endless cycle of happiness could be seen as a good thing or a bad thing because you need to know the difference between sad and happy. Francis Bacon said, “In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.” This can be applied to happiness too, If you don’t know what it feels like to be sad the happy feeling with just fade away and everyone will basically just be emotionless robots.

“Many utopias and dystopias emphasize food (delicious or awful; or, or in the case of Swift’s Houyhnhnms, oats), but in Brave New World the menu is not presented” (p. xii) I don’t see why what is on the menu matters in this case. If the book was more focused on food and other aspects of lifestyle such as health, then it would make an impact but in Brave New World, Simply telling if the food is good or bad is sufficient.

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Atwood’s intro Jessica

In Margaret Atwood’s introduction to Brave New World, she mentioned a lots of things. I agree that “Alone among the animals, we suffer from the future perfect tense. (xiv)” Because we are the most intelligent living organisms in the world, and we are the ones who actually consider or predict or guess about what will happen in the future. Sometimes concerns of future will lead to suffer, the fear of the unknown, or the worries that unsatisfying things will happen. The unique ability of thinking about future is what makes us suffer. But I don’t agree with what she said “But Brave New World is a book about the future and whatever its artistic or philosophical qualities, a book about the future can interest us only if its prophecies look as though they might conceivably come true. (20)” I am interested in this book because of the world that seems new and different, not because I think what happened in the book will be true. In fact, I don’t really think our world will become something like that. When the government tries to do something like hatching all the babies, people stand up for themselves. And an extremely “stable’ society like that will lose all the current culture, religions, languages, or even real emotions. When a society become more and more civilized, but losing all the things that inspire and interest people, it is walking down the path to the uncivilization of itself. And there is something that makes me confused. Like Atwood said “Many utopias and dystopias emphasize food, but in Brave New World the menus are not presented. (xii)” I think food, as an important part of people’s everyday life, should be somehow discussed or described in the book. So I am confused why didn’t Huxley write anything about food.

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Response to Atwood’s Intro – Jolyn

Margaret Atwood talked about so many thoughts in her introduction to the book Brave New World. There is one particular thing that I totally agree with, is that whether the world in the book is Utopia or dystopia is based on personal perspectives. Some people may prefer a stable society that everyone and everything is following its pre-designed path, but some people may prefer a natural way of being, how things are different from each other and maybe all their perfections and imperfections.

“Brave New World is either a perfect-world utopia or its nasty opposite, a dystopia, depending on your point of view: its inhabitants are beautiful, secure, and free from diseases and worries, though in a way we like to think we would find unacceptable. [vii]”

There is one thing I do not agree with, that she said “Lenina doesn’t see why she shouldn’t have sex with anyone she likes whenever the occasion offers, as to do so is merely polite behavior and not to do so is selfish. [vii]” In my opinion, Lenina, like most people in the brave new world, has sex because of personal desire, and to meet someone’s own desire is not “merely polite behaviour”. Actually I think it is selfish to have sex with anyone she likes whenever the occasion offers, because the only purpose to do so is to feed her own desire and needs. When Lenina took off her clothes and wanted to have sex with poor John, she didn’t even ask if John wants to have sex with her like that, and this act of selfishness and ignorance of others is definitely not “polite behaviour”.

And at last, there was something puzzled me. In the Brave New World, all the babies are made in the hatcheries instead of a natural way, so to be honest, they no longer need a function of being pregnant for women, or even have an organ like uterus. But in the book, not all the women are sterile, they still need to take pills for birth control. Why don’t they just programme all the female to be sterile, like how they programmed everything else? Why bother taking pills all the time if they have a way to avoid all this before the females are even born? This really confuses me.

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Atwood’s Intro

In the introduction of Brave New World written by Margaret Atwood. In the introduction, I totally  agree with is that “Brave New World is either a perfect-world utopia or its nasty opposite, a dystopia, depending on your point of view: its inhabitants are beautiful, secure and free from diseases and worries, though in a way we like to think we would find unacceptable (vii)”. It is exactly what am I thinking about the novel. When I first time to read the book, I felt the book is describing a horrible world, which people are produced as products, programmed like machines. People in this world are separated into different levels. But when I read further more about this book, I found the world that Huxley describes is not bad, all people in this world is happy, or if something makes them not happy, they can take soma to be happy, everyone is satisfied with themselves, an Epsilon will not unsatisfied to himself, because they are programmed to think they are better than others, they are doing a great job. The world can be a utopia, also can be a dystopia, it depends on how do the readers consider this novel.

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Atwood’s Intro Ria

In Margaret Atwood’s introduction to brave new world, I disagree that Perfectibility preclude dissent.

“Forced re-education, exile, and execution are the usual choices on offer, in utopias, for any who oppose the powers that be” (ix).

In utopia, people should not be allowed to protest because people have to keep stability. I understand why but it is inconsistent. If people did that, power would be concentrated and people could not express their opinions. It is not utopia any more. However, I agree this opinion.

“And at the same time we want to be those anguish of others, because we believe, with John, that life has meaning beyond the play of the senses, and that immediate gratification will never be enough” (xiv).

Because if my life was just like this book, there is no differences between machine and humans. Also I am puzzled to this statement.

“Everything would be fine, we’re told, if we could only do away with industrialism and get back in tune with Nature, and deal with overpopulation” (ix).

 

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Atwood’s intro-Isaac

In the book “Brave new world” , Margaret Atwood wrote an introduction to the novel Aldous Huxley’s novel “brave new world” . One thing in the introduction that I agree with is

“IN THE LATTER half of the twelfth century, two visionary books cast their shadows over our future.” [v]

I agree with this quote because the two books that atwood talks about have really affected our present. The first was Jorge Orwell’s “1949” novel, and  the other was Huxley’s “Brave new world”. Both of these books are timeless(meaning that they can relate to us in any time period/relate to us) and that they get us to think and be more open about what our society is really like. One quote that I don’t agree with is

“Many of Brave new world’s nervous jokes turn on these kinds of interventions” [x]

I don’t agree with this quote because I don’t think that there were many jokes in brave new world (I didn’t get any but I am guessing that because they said that, there were some older ones that don’t make sense to me) and that is why I don’t agree with it. One thing in the interdiction that confuses me is when atwood said

“But security tends very quickly to be taken for granted. It’s achievement in merely a superficial, external revolution. The love of servitude cannot be established except as the result of a deep, personal revolution in human minds and bodies.” [xxiv]

I just really, really, don’t get this.

(it’s maybe because I’m tired, but, it does not make sense)

 

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Atwood’s introduction—Kitty

I think I agree with the preface that “we should re-examine what we consider to be a beautiful new world”, because this also takes into account the content of the preface, the easiest to destroy us is not the oppression in “1984”, but the soma like the “Brave new world”. This way brings us a happy feeling and it is easier to destroy us. Because people encounter disasters and oppression, they will work hard to solve them. One day they will wake up and resist, but the pleasure will make people more unable to extricate themselves, so they will eventually destroy. For now, this kind of thing may be marijuana, smoke, alcohol, or it may be a mobile phone. . .So I agree with her. We should start to examine the beautiful world we think. What kind of inspiration can it bring to us, is it positive, or is it just enough to make you addicted to it?

“Surely it’s time to look again at Brave New World and to examine its arguments for and against the totally planned society it describes, in which “everybody is happy now”. What sort of happiness is on offer, and what is the price we might pay to achieve it?”

What I disagree with is this paragraph: I don’t think that there are still many people in this era who are willing to suffer like John, and are willing to accept the strange vision of others. Now people are pursuing ease, and our time is exactly what we need. These people who dare to resist, unfortunately, there are still very few such people. There is no such person as everyone who wants to become like this.

“And at the same time we want to be those anguished others, because we believe, with John, that life has meaning beyond the play of the senses, and that immediate gratification will never be enough.”

What puzzles me is a story about the zipper. I didn’t understand why this incident would make her so memorable and obsessed. . .

“I first read Brave New World in the early 1950s, when I was 14. It made a deep impression on me, though I didn’t fully understand some of what I was reading. It’s a tribute to Huxley’s writing skills that although I didn’t know what knickers were, or camisoles – nor did I know that zippers, when they first appeared, had been denounced from pulpits as lures of the devil because they made clothes so easy to take off – I had a vivid picture of “zippicamiknicks”, that female undergarment with a single zipper down the front that could be shucked so easily: “Zip! The rounded pinkness fell apart like a neatly divided apple. A wriggle of the arms, a lifting first of the right foot, then the left: the zippicamiknicks were lying lifeless and as though deflated on the floor.”

 

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Personal response on introduction

One thing I agree with Atwood is the idea about how meaning has been taken out in the world that everything is well planned. Without emotions, variations and all the other possibilities, the world author described is indeed very boring with everything goes on in order. I disagree with Atwood’s introduction with the argument about how human want to be both miserable and be living peacefully without any worries at the same time. I don’t think anyone in today’s society would like to be suffering and be anguished even though that may be the most correct way in terms of morality and the destined way of living for them. All of us want to have the carefree lives, we all try to avoid facing the reality, want to be satisfied and gratified even if the happiness is not eternal. There is one sentence in the introduction that I don’t quite understand. He comments on the way author used visual description to bring the readers closer to the brave new world.
‘All is surface, there
is no depth.’ (xi)

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Yan’s response

In the Margaret Atwood’s introduction,I agree with her said about the utopia and the dystopia.

Brave New World is either a perfect-world utopia or its nasty opposite, a dystopia.

Because I think this book has two sides, someone thinks the world in books is good, others think it’s so bad.

I disagree with her introduction to the book.

one of conformity achieved through engineered, bottle-grown babies and hypnotic persuasion rather than through brutality, of boundless consumption that keeps the wheels of production turning and of officially enforced promiscuity that does away with sexual frustration, of a pre-ordained caste system ranging from a highly intelligent managerial class to a subgroup of dim-witted serfs programmed to love their menial work, and of soma, a drug that confers instant bliss with no side effects.

I don’t think bottle-grown babies and hypnotic persuasion are soft ways.This is too cruel for babies.

But I really don’t know what this sentence meaning.

 “Tao or Logos, the transcendent Godhead or Brahmin”.

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Atwoods Introduction

One thing that I agree with in Atwoods Introduction to Brave New World is that if everything is available then nothing has any meaning [xii]. I agree with this because everything in our world has a meaning because we have to put time and effort into saving up for that item and therefore it has meaning and a purpose. One thing I disagree with is that John the Savage “knows it through pain, not Pleasure” [xii] I disagree with this because John has had a much better life than the rest of the Brave New Worlders in my opinion because he has had real happiness, not soma-induced happiness. One thing that puzzles me is why Huxley didn’t include what the people ate? Eating food is a normal everyday thing. I wonder if the food in Brave New World tastes better or worse than the food in our world.

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personal response on introduction

I think “the Brave New World is either a perfect-world utopia or its nasty opposite, a dystopia, depending on your point of view: its inhabitants are beautiful, secure and free from diseases and worries, though in a way we like to think we would find unacceptable.”statement is quite correct, and I also think that Utopia is determined by your own personal opinions, not by others. “We wish to be as the careless gods, lying around on Olympus, eternally beautiful, having sex and being entertained by the anguish of others. And at the same time we want to be those anguished others, because we believe, with John, that life has meaning beyond the play of the senses, and that immediate gratification will never be enough.”I think that in real life, if someone wants to be beautiful forever, they will not want to be as painful as John, and no one will easily try John’s pain. My question is“which is a kind of union with the immanent “Tao or Logos, the transcendent Godhead or Brahmin””why is this “Tao or Logos, the transcendent Godhead or Brahmin?”

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Atwood’s introduction Arantxa

Margaret Atwood’s introduction – Arantxa Gomez – Oct. 30

 

In Brave New World novel, the introduction was written by Margaret Atwood. One of the things Atwood stated that was similar to my ideas and I actually wrote on my personal response essay was after she explained the characters and started explaining what she thought of the book.

 

“Brave New World is either a perfect-world utopia or its nasty opposite, a dystopia, depending on your point of view: its inhabitants are beautiful, secure, and free from diseases and worries, though in a way we like to think we would find unacceptable” (7).

 

While I was reading the book and discussed it in class, I started seeing the book more as a Utopia rather than a dystopia. Huxley’s purpose was to make make a world that was stable and in which everybody was happy. And as Atwood said, maybe we should see this book in both ways, because people are scared and terrorize with the idea of how the world is organize, but in reality, this way may be beautiful and helpful.

 

Later on, Atwood described a third hypothetical scenario in which she set John, the Savage, having another alternative of life. Huxley only wrote two alternatives the first one: “an insane life in Utopia” (8). And the second one: “the life of a primitive in an Indian village…” (8). Atwood didn’t like this ideas and created this third alternative in which Brave New World would possess an artistic and philosophical completeness. But later, she said:

 

“But Brave New World is a book about the future and whatever its artistic or philosophical qualities, a book about the future can interest us only if its prophecies look as though they might conceivably come true” (20).

 

This booked interested me, and I don’t think this will come true. Society is smart enough to not create this extremist world. Maybe some ideas will be followed, but no all of them, society is bigger than the government, and if there is the need to have a revolution to stop the government to control or have power over the people, people would probably fight.

Finally, Atwood wrote about how in Brave New World, Huxley didn’t wrote any information about atomic a energy. She said that atomic energy was important to mankind, but it confused me how she explained it. “The release of atomic energy marks a great revolution in human history” (21). “This revolutionary revolution is to be achieved, not in the external world, but in the souls and flesh of human beings” (21). Since my first language isn’t english, I didn’t understand what she meant with this “revolution”, she used queer words and started talking about sanity in mankind, which confused me even more.

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Margaret Atwood’s Introduction Response-Max Mingo

Margaret Atwood’s Introduction Response-Max Mingo

In Margaret Atwood’s introduction to Brave New World, I would have to agree with her point on how the book can be thought of as a Utopia and a Dystopia.

 

Brave New World is either a perfect-world utopia or its nasty opposite, a dystopia, depending on your point of view:(vii)

In our class, we have not yet talked about the possibility of there world being a place that should exist. I agree with her on the fact that some people already live out there lives like this, whether they believe it or not. For example, a person that works 8 hours a day, goes home, and watches TV. They’re choosing to live in a world that shares a lot of similarities to Brave New World.

I disagree with Margaret on her point of Interpretation of H.G Wells Time Machine. She was trying to say that Time Machine is a literary precursor to Brave New World.

H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine, in which the brainless, pretty “upper class” play in the sunshine during the day, and the ugly “lower classes” run in the underground machinery and emerge at night to eat the social butterflies(viii)

I think that Time Machine isn’t a prediction of a future social class of humans, but an exploration of what time and evolution do to our natural world. Whereas Brave New World is an exploration of what humans can do to themselves in the future, not what the environment and biology of our world evolve to.

Finally, Margarets Atwood’s curiosity and fascination about the history and relevance of “Zippers” confuse me.

Nor did I know that zippers, when they first appeared, had been denounced from pulpits as lures of the Devil because they made clothes so easy to take off – I nonetheless had a vivid picture of “zippicamiknicks,” that female undergarment with single zipper down the front that could be shucked so very easily:(vii)

I still fail to see the purpose and what it adds to the reading of Brave New World. It might just be the author’s way of bringing her own words into the eyes of one of  Aldous Huxley’s Books.

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Atwood’s intro

In Margaret Atwood’s introduction of Brave New World, I agree with “We wish to be as the careless gods, lying around on Olympus, eternally beautiful, having sex and being entertained by the anguish of others. And at the same time we want to be those anguished others, because we believe, with John, that life has meaning beyond the play of the senses, and that immediate gratification will never be enough.” And I disagree with use the word “dreamed” to describe this world in Brave New World. I have a question “The Ministry of Love is back with us, it appears, though it’s no longer limited to the lands behind the former iron curtain: the west has its own versions now.” I don’t understand the meaning in this sentence.

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Brave new world Steven’s response

In her introduction one thing I agree is she say Brave New World is neither a perfect-world utopia which is there are no poor people in this world or its nasty opposite, a dystopia which is the people in this world can not have their liberty.

One I disagree is that she says Brave New World hasn’t gone away Shopping malls stretch as far as the bulldozer can see, because  there are still somebody like a slave.

One thing I have some puzzle is that she say Brave New World thus has a long list of literary ancestors, and I don’t understand her point of this sentence.

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Response Identification

In Margaret atwood’s introduction, I agree with is in the book is created social world controllers, Huxley clever illusions about the future is also lit up the moment, I don’t think the controller is one of the world is not clever use of genes, I think the clever use of the word is not appropriate, because people didn’t enjoy the real happiness, only on the surface of the happiness. One of my puzzles is why Bernard wyeth had an unnatural desire, and what prompted him to have an undefined desire to break free.

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Personal Response – Brave New World

In the book Brave New World, Aldous Huxley described a dystopia that is very different from our world. He depicted a shocking world that seems civilized, peaceful and developed, which actually manipulates humans and their lives. All the humans are created by chemicals and machines instead of being born naturally, and their physical conditions, future and social status are “designed” before their birth.

We also predestined and condition. We decant our babies as socialized human beings, as Alphas or Epsilons, as future sewage workers or future…

He was going to say future world controllers, but correcting himself, said

‘future directors of Hatcheries.’ [10]”

Furthermore, the children’s thoughts are infused when they are still very young, even when they were just infants, and they believe that it is instinctive to think the way they think:

“‘They’ll grow up with what the psychologists used to call an “instinctive” hatred of books and flowers. Reflexes unalterably conditioned. They’ll be safe from books and botany all their lives.’ The Director turned to his nurse. ‘Take them away again.’[17] ”

As you can tell from the quote, the dominator of the world educates people the way he wants, to maintain the society the way it is now. And the way he carry out the teaching is inhuman and cruel.

“The screaming of the babies suddenly changed its tone. There was something desperate, almost insane, about the sharp spasmodic yelps to which they now gave utterance. Their little bodies twitched and stiffened; their limbs moved jerkily as if to the tug of unseen wires. [17]”

With this setting starting the whole book, I could already sense how abnormal the world is in the book. In our current world, it is intolerable to treat human like that, cruelly and unfairly. And as the reading went further, I found a lot of evidences that prove my opinion, that this world has moral principles which are totally unacceptable to us. For example, people can have sex with whoever they want to, love or sex is not exclusive. And when people want to relax or feel frustrated, they use Soma, which is a kind of drug, to escape their troubles and negative emotions instead of trying to solve the situations.

“Feeling lurks in that interval of time between desire and its consummation. Shorten that interval, break down all those old unnecessary barriers..[37]”

In my opinion, the process to pursue consummation is important, that is why desire exists, to motivate you to go after something. In the Brave New World, consummations are given immediately or soon after you feel your desire, which takes away the possible emotions that you can experience. It is pathetic that you cannot fully experience all kinds of feelings, impulse and emotions as an independent human being.

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Personal response

In Aldous Huxley’s book  “Brave New World”  is a huge combination of happiness, with a shuddering “rationality” – all that people live of. The most important thing that people pursue – happiness, is constantly being created here: the different classes created by human beings are constantly brainwashed at a young age, settled in the status quo, and everyone is doing the prescribed things, the rest is in Under the constraints, you can enter the beautiful fantasy to forget the anger and sadness of Soma (similar to alcohol, but no side effects), as well as free sex games and sensory movies.
When the original chaotic forces entered this neat new world of regulation, the wonderful conflict began. The civilization that was mistakenly left behind a few years ago has a boy, John, a product of the incredible way of reproduction that civilized people think is funny and shameful. When John, who grew up in religious life and read Shakespeare in his original life, was taken to the New World, everything confuses him. John is probably the author’s “ambassador”. As Huxley himself said, even those who read Shakespeare can’t say such wise words in that primitive environment. John is both a failure to shape people, but it has become the most exciting part of the book. In a world of uniformity and lack of beautiful art and personality, life is boring. At this time, John sang aloud Shakespeare’s plays, and the joy of art suddenly caught the hearts of the people. The conversation between Savage John and the control officer is the climax of the book. The governor, as the only character in the book depicting the new world, is not a “happy” character, answering the sage John’s questions about ethics and art:
“The world we live in is completely different from Othello. You know that without steel, you can’t make a car. The same reason, without social turmoil, you can’t write such a tragedy.”
Stable, happy, and uniform. What can a savage face in the face of this social force that can unite everyone? A society without turmoil is a society without art, but absolute stability has become the ultimate goal of human pursuit. After all, Savage John grew up under the primitive Aboriginal life. He is not a calm and self-sufficient human being. His religious beliefs and the chasing of the new world, the lack of emotional conflicts trapped him in despair, and the madness of the soul torture finally made him choose to end his life.
At first glance, this is the failure of primitive humans to end in death, but the problems posed by Savage John will never vanish like his life. The state of a human being without a sense of sound is a tragedy, no matter which society it is. On the road of pursuing the supreme happiness of mankind, following the illusory beliefs of religion and the will of the “happy” defeat created by the Utopian society, we must continue to search for what is the true nature of mankind.

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Brave new world personal response-Isaac Salvador-brown

Brave new world personal response-Isaac Salvador-brown

In Aldous Huxley’s book “Brave new world” Aldous makes comparisons to our world in his book. The connections go from artificial happiness (in their world, its called”soma”), to having class systems like in different parts of our world, or education in young. In this mini essay, I will be showing you the comparisons that the book and our world have that we don’t notice when we read the book.

 

The first comparison is with the drug “soma”( Soma is an artificial happiness drug that they take in the book brave new world when they are feeling sad, depressed, or when they need to calm down). Soma is like a knockout dream drug and the police use it when they have to arrest someone because it puts them asleep and they become easy to deal with. How soma is a comparison to our world is with the different things that we do or use to temporarily or artificially fuel our happiness. Some of those things that we use are our cellphones(social media and social activeness), consumer products or consuming, food, sugar, drugs, alcohol, and sex or quick relationships. With our cellphones, we get short term dopamine rush that fills our body with a short term feeling of satisfaction or happiness and acceptance. We get this with social media with different apps like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Tictoc. With all of these apps, we get short term rushes of happiness when someone likes, comments, shares, follows, or, tags you in something. This is the same feeling as soma as soma provides a short term effect of happiness that temporarily discloses the individual form the world of problems. The same goes for consuming, consumer products, food, sugar, drugs, and sex. All of these things give the same feeling as our cellphones. Quick rushes of satisfaction that we can excuse ourself from the world.

“Don’t you want to be free and men? Don’t you even understand what manhood and freedom are?”

Rage was making him fluent; the words came easily, in a rush.

“don’t you?”

He repeated, but got no answer to his question.

“very well, then,”

He went on grimly.

“I’ll teach you; I’ll make you free whether you want to or not.”

And pushing open a window that looked on to the inner court of the hospital, he began to throw the little pill boxes of soma tablets in handfuls out into the area.

For a moment the Khaki mob was silent, petrified, at the spectacle of this wanton sacrilege, with amazement and horror.[187]

In this quote, the savage is throwing out the soma drug and is telling everyone that uses it that they are free. This is like us now with the wifi. When the wifi goes off or when you loose service, you get so frustrated and you feel like you need it. We are addicted to out phones(wifi)like they are addicted to soma. If they get soma taken away, they don’t know what to do and they panic. When our wifi cuts out or it lags, we don’t know what to do and are sent into a mode of panic. That is why soma and our technology are similar.

 

Another comparison in the book is that they have class systems like we do in our world. In brave new world, they program and breed different types of people. People who will go to space, people who will deal with certain chemicals, and eat… Now, people might think that we don’t have that in our world, but, it is actually very common. People tend to do something that is similar to what the people before them did. Say in Asia, if you have a bottom class job, your kids will probably be doing something similar. If you own a business, your kids will probably go into that business as well. This is not exactly the same as in brave new world but it is very similar. Also, your child will be more likely to be going into the same trait as you if they had grown up with you. If you dad or mom is a mathematician, then you will probably be very skilled in math(if they help you), if your mom or dad is a engineer, you will probably know  more than the regular person about that topic.

“I’d like to show you some very interesting conditioning for Alpha-Plus intellectuals. We have a big batch of them on rack 5.” [14]

In Brave New World, they favour the certain types of people and whatever you are born into, you stay in. This is like some places in the world, if you are born into a certain class, you stay in that class, your kids will be in that class, and so will their kids.

“We also predestined and condition. We decant our babies as socialized human beings, as Alphas or Epsilons, as future sewage workers or future…'”

He was going to say future world controllers, but correcting himself, said

“future directors of Hatcheries” [10]

This quote is showing how they predestined and choose who will be who and how many of who will be doing who. Our world doesn’t choose what brave new world chooses. If you are in brave new world, your life is planned even before you are born. Here, you can choose from different options(not In all cases but most).

 

Another major comparison is how they teach the kids. In brave new world, the kids are being brainwashed into certain information, and, so are we. With the upcoming generation of kids being exposed to technology at such young ages, we automatically get brainwashed and tricked into thunking certain ways about certain things. With our phones, computers, t.v’s, whenever we see an add, our mind gets tricked into believing it and that leaves us no better than the people in brave new world that brain wash the babies with information before they are born.

“They’ll grow up with what the psychologists used to call an ‘instinctive’ hatred of books and flowers. Reflexes unalterably conditioned. They’ll be safe from books and botany all their lives.”

The Director turned to his nurses.

“Take them away again.”

The quote shows that they just keep giving them information before they even know what it is. The babies have to memorize lines before they can talk. They do this so when the baby gets older, it will know what it was taught and will make decisions and actions based on that.

 

One of the comparisons in the book that is not as obvious or might be an opinion is how sex in the book is like our technology now. In the book, it is normal to have sex with anyone for just the feeling and appeal of it. In our world, some people could say that that is similar to our technology because as I was saying before, our cellphones provide us with short term dopamine rushes and to us, in whatever way that that rush is given, we like. In the book, the people don’t care who it’s with they just do it for the feeling. Here, we don’t just have one source of dopamine rushes, we use whatever will make us feel good. Whether thats texting, going onto social media, watching movies, youtube, ect…, we do the same as them. We just try to satisfy our wants or needs and it doesn’t come from one source.

“Going to the Feelies this evening, Henry?”

enquired the Assistant Predestinator.

“I hear the new one at the Alhambra is first-rate. There’s a love scene on a bearskin rug; they say it’s marvellous. Every hair of the bear reproduced. The most amazing tactual effects.”[29]

The quote shows that people in brave new world just have sex for the pleasure. This is the same with us with our phones, we go on them just for the pleasure of that short dopamine rush. In the quote, when the assistant Predestinator asks Henry if he is going out, he means for sex.

“Going to the feelies this earning, Henry?”[29]

The feelies are basically movies that simulate the sexual experience. People go there and experience the sex that is on screen. This dehumanize the act of sex. Having to compare sex to technology is a very abstract idea but it is a comparison all the same and I think the reason that it seems so crazy is because people don’t like to think that we could be so similar to something as crazy as the brave new world.

 

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Brave New World and I think that it was my favourite in school book that I have read so far. At the start of the book, I was so amazed on what the world was like and I could have never seen it as being like the world I live in now, but, after I read more and more of the book, I started to make connections to our world. Like how sugar and soma could be seen as the same thing, or how brainwashing babies and using our phones were so similar. In the book, our world, and the brave new world are so similar and it was very awakening and opening for me to be able to make those connections. After reading the book, I find now that it is easier to make connections to other problems or ideas in the world and I am very thankful for this.

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Personal Response to “Brave New World”

I am going to talk about Bernard Marx who is the one of main characters. I have more sympathy with him than other characters. Because I think he has more human feeling compared with others. Specifically, He has a complex about his appearance. He is shorter than other alpha and looks like Gammas. He feel inferior to the others. It is a quality like human, because in this world, all people believe my hierarchy is the best by hypnopaedia.

“His self-consciousness was acute and distressing. Each time he found himself looking on the level, instead of downward, into a Delta’s face, he felt humiliated”(55).

So he doesn’t have confidence. For that reason, he always care what other people think and waver between hopes and despair by Evaluation from people.

“Success went fizzily to Bernard’s head, and in the process completely reconciled him (as any good intoxicant should do) to a world which, up till then, he had found very unsatisfactory” (136).

“Pieced by every word that was spoken, the tight balloon of Bernard’s happy self-confidence was leaking from a thousand wounds. Pale, distraught, abject and agitate, he moved among his guests, stammering incoherent apologies, assuring them that next time the Savage would certainly be there, begging them to sit down and take carotene sandwich, a slice of vitamin A pate, a glass of champagne-surrogate”(152).

He feels lonely and he is conscious of his difference. That’s why he want to change against this world. For example, he doesn’t want to take a soma and wants to be free.

“But wouldn’t you like to be free to be happy in some other way, Lenina? In your own way, for example; not in everybody else’s way” (79).

This is similar to way of thinking in our world. In conclusion, I sympathize with him. Basically, I cannot understand ways of thinking and values of most of characters. But I can understand only about him. Because I feel his way of thinking or values are similar to ours.

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Personal Response – Eloise

The world was very modern, tall buildings mostly neutral colours. We learnt in the very beginning of the book. “A squat grey building of only thirty-four storeys”(1) A tall building in our world is about that height, but in A Brave New World that is one of the shorter buildings. The world seems crisp, cold and sterile, the labs are harsh to be in. “A harsh thin light glared through the windows, hungrily seeking some draped lay figure, some pallid shape of academic gooseflesh, but only finding the glass and nickel and bleakly shining porcelain of a laboratory” (1) Aldous Huxley was trying to explain how the lab seemed cold even with the sun shining through because everything was put together so tidy and it was so clean. It doesn’t feel like people are there. Personally I would not like to live in this world, I like to express personality and I enjoy others personalities. I love cozy spaces that feel warm. A Brave New World seems very fake, like playing with the original Barbie dolls, there is one person, and all the others are the same with only small modifications so you can tell them apart.

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Personal Response – Arantxa Gomez – Oct 25. 2018 – 1st approach

After Reading the novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, I got really confuse. I didn’t understand some of the words I was reading, because Huxley wrote the book for English speakers and used old english words that are not longer use in the present. In the book, Huxley started the novel by describing the setting. “Winitriness responded to winitriness” (1). Huxley wrote this to make reference that the place looked hopeless and cold. If the teacher had no explained the meaning to me, I would not have understood it.

 

Later on, I really started enoying the book, I understood it and thaught that my ideas weren’t the same. For instance, when Lenina and Fanny were discussing in the dressing room, because Lenina only dated one man and Fanny didn’t agree with it, because of their social rules and tried to convince her by saying: “After all, everyone belongs to everyone” (37). She said that because, ever since people were born, society taught them that having more than one partner at the same time was normal, because in that way, they wouldn’t feel attached or comitted. In this world, Huxley’s point was to make a society were people would never feel sad and if they felt comitted, they wouldn’t feel happy, they would feel stress. While Lenina was dating a second man name Bernard, she started having stressful feelings, because Bernard took her to a trip to New Mexico, and they weren’t in a very comfortable place or at least didn’t look anthing like home. They were watching a human sacrifice and Lenina got shocked and thaught: “Oh I wish I had my soma”(100). Soma is a pill their society swallows everytime they start feleling sad, stress or anxious. It makes them happy and is their drug. Of course I do not agree with this idea. The point of leaving a life is to feel different emotions and learn from them by having different experiences. If you only know the feeling of happiness, how can you become a better person? People become better person by failing. And taking a drug, it’s not going to make anything. Soma kinds of make references to the drug people consume in our world. It makes you happy for a while, but afterwards everything come back to the normal. I know that everybody wants to feel happy and at some point it isn’t a bad idea, I see Huxley’s view, but the way this society reaches it, makes me think it a lot. They have a human hatchery , there, they educate people to have social stability. The hatchery director thinks: “Bokanovsky’s Process is one of the major instruments of social stability”(5). By creating thousand of babies at once and later, with punishment tecniques, teach them to be scare of certain things, isn’t and human thing. That could harm really bad the baby. Also, by creating thousand of clones, blocks the uniquiness of a person. While I was reading the part in which they described the process by which the babies passed to belong in a certain social group, I felt sad and sensitive.

 

Moving forward, when Huxley, introduced the Savage, I liked him because his ideas were “normal” to say it in some way. Maybe Huxley introduced him to remove so much rarity of the book. While the Savage and Mustapha Mond (one of the society’s controller) were having a conversation were the Savage discussed and question the reason in which people acted the way the did, a comment of Mustapha Mond caught my attention. “Particulary when they’re beautiful. Beauty’s attractive, and we don’t want people to be attracted by old things. We want them to like the new ones” (193). This shows that the government has total control over the community and they don’t have their own way of thinking. This is similar to our world. In some countries, the governments try to control what comes up on the internet and gets into people’s head so that they do not have opinions that put the government against them. Another thing that happened when the Savage got introduced, was that Lenina started having strong feelings for him. She started having this unusual sensation of only wanting him. “ ‘If I didn’t like you so much’ she said ‘I’d be furious with you’ ”(168). Lenina had the courage to tell the Savage her feelings , and because the Savage has this old perspection of the world’s society and comes from an uncivilized community, she really like her too, but wants to have a formal relation. I got really glad in this part of the novel, not just because I love romantic novels, but because, finally the commitment between people is beginning, and even though they’re kind of breaking society rules, I like it.

 

Huxley’s wrote a dystopia novel, but I don’t agree. This was a utopia novel. He wants a happy world, and wrote the book base on his ideas of a stable society that would always be happy. He wrote a less obvious version of our society and civilisation. Saying this, he made us think that the world he described was horrible, but as you got into detail of whats happening, it is not that different from our society, it’s just an exaggeration of it.

 

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Make connections with the world you live in and see around you. Is the world depicted in the text similar to yours, or different? How? Explain.

The world depicted in the book is different from our world. In the Brave New World, author depicted a perfect civilized world in which everyone seems to be happy at all times, everything goes on peacefully and the society is stable. This can partly attribute to how the government breeds human in the “CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE”. The controllers in the world believe that Bokanovsky’s Process is the key for social stability. The director addresses to the students about this idea when introducing the cloning process to them.

Bokanovsky’s Process is one of
the major instruments of social stability! (5)

This means the world’s social stability is based on the use of Bokanovsky’s Process.The government manipulates all the human activities and emotions, there is no liberty for citizens. They have no rights to decide what they want their future to be like. Citizens do their work according to the hierarchy without any complaint and feeling happy with the taken of Soma. The society is safe and stable. This is different from our world which babies are mainly produced through sexual reproduction. Everyone is unique in personality and appearance. We are free to develop our own minds and are able to change our future by working hard to pursue our dreams. There is lots of chaos going on everyday in the world and people are always unhappy and unsatisfied with their daily lives.

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