Reader Response: Brave New World

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Chapter 1-6
Before I actually opened the book, I knew that 1984 by George Orwell, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and We by Yevgeny Zamyatin are the three most famous anti-utopian novels. Utopia sounds like a nice word to me, I was expecting a “brave new world” before I opened the book. However, the descriptions in the book crashed my imagination. What a world it is! I was surprised that where’s no emotion in the world. Children are not raised by their parents, they are produced in a factory. They are educated by some ruthless ways, and they are put in to one of five castes: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, or Epsilon when they were born. To be a Delta, they are not allowed to like books or flowers, they are educated to hate every other caste except themselves. Lenina said it’s hard to get along with other people from lower caste, and she was glad that she’s not a Gamma. Adults are not allowed to have any emotion, especially love. They have sex only for sex, nothing emotional, nothing longdrawn is considered a decorous relationship. They take “soma” to get rid of sadness and negative emotion. In brief, the world is filled with sex and drug. When the controller was talking about family and parents, all the students felt nothing but disgusting. The behavior of mom is considered awkward and sick. In a word, the new world is a ugly world in my opinion.

Chapter 7-10
Everything in Savage Reservation made Lenina sick, she saw dirty trash, old man, and she couldn’t stand the horrible smell in there anymore. She needed her soma. It’s strange that I kind of felt the same way like Lenina when I saw the condition in Savage Reservation. They even seemed savage comparing to our world. However, they have similar emotions and ethics as us. Mother, father, marriage, etc, the word which seems absurd were indispensible in the Savage Reservation. John told Bernard that he grew up listening to Linda’s fabulous stories...
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