English 2H, Period 1
5 September 2012
Less Then Perfect: The Superficial Reality of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
QUOTATION: As Linda, the civilized citizen turned savage, reenters the World State, she is characterized through the opinions of her fellow civilians. The narrator’s description shows how her social status is greatly degraded by her unusual appearance. “Finally - and this [is] by far the strongest reason for people’s not wanting to see poor Linda – there [is] her appearance…you simply couldn’t look at her without feeling sick, yes, positively sick”(153).
ANALYSIS: In Brave New World, an eerie novel written by Aldous Huxley, the lack of respect for those who are deemed abnormal is surveyed. In the fictional world Huxley created, every social class has distinct physical and mental characteristics. In the event that one were to stray from the mold of their rank, he or she would be banished from the civilized world so as not to further upset the general public. Bernard Marx, the oddball of the alpha class, is irregular in the sense that he prefers isolation and to sit in silence rather then converse with a large crowd. So on his date with a stereotypical alpha female, Lenina Crowne, he makes her extremely uncomfortable by suggesting that they sit and gaze at the moon. Being indoctrinated with the thought that solitude means unhappiness, Lenina begins to criticize Bernard on his choice of pastime and begs to be taken home. Following their date, Lenina informs her friend Fanny of the night’s occurrences. By bringing up the unusual activities her date wanted engage in, Lenina swiftly prompts Fanny to make the conclusion that alcohol had slipped into the tube containing Bernard’s embryo, consequently forcing him to act in bizarre ways. An example of discrimination by physical as opposed to mental differences is shown through the reactions to Linda, a returning civilized citizen. The outward form she acquired during her time on...
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