Chapter Questions 1 and 2
1. What is the very 1st indication that Brave New World is a futuristic novel? The very 1st indication is when it mentions the hatchery.
2. Find an example of personification on the first page.
“A harsh thin light glared through the windows, hungrily seeking some draped lay figure.”
3. In Brave New World Huxley provides the necessary exposition by having the expert explain the situation to the novice who knows little about it. Specifically, the Director is explaining the activities of the CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING to a group of students. At the start of the novel, why do you think the reader is not told directly what is being hatched? It’s not told directly what is being hatched to add tone to the scene.
4. In two short summaries explain the processes of both “Hatchery” and the “Conditioning Center”. Include definitions for any of the terminology. After each summary, state your personal reaction to each process. What are the names of the five categories of people? The Hatchery determines each fetus for a certain caste in the World State. The Conditioning Center is where those recently formed eggs go to be conditioned. They go about conditioning by using shock therapy along with hypnopaedia in order to make every person belong in their caste. By doing this, each person is happy with their position in life, or at least they think they are. I think both of them are wrong to do to people. I don’t think people should have to take medicine just to be happy with their life. The five castes are Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon.
5. What might be annoying about the Director’s and Mr. Foster’s explanations? Their explanations may be annoying to the reader because they talk about our current society and culture as if it is inferior to theirs.
6. Do you think anything like this is happening now or might happen in the future? Consider the fact that Huxley wrote...
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