Brave New World Rhetorical Device Analysis Essay
In Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World, many rhetorical devices are used. These devices include motif, Imagery, and allusion. Authors often use rhetorical devices in their text to exemplify what they are trying to tell the reader. Also they do so in order to intrigue the reader, and to make the text memorable.
Huxley uses motif in this novel by commonly referring to the late inventor Henry Ford, famous for the invention the first automobile. Motif is a recurring theme, subject, Idea, etc. In the novel when the date is written out it is started with the acronym ‘A.F’, standing for ‘After Ford.’ Treating Ford as a deity-like figure, Huxley makes the reader feel as though Henry Ford is the greatest person to ever live. In Huxley’s novel there is much homage to Ford himself, such as “Our Ford…” (Huxley 32). This plural phrase signals that Ford is popularly worshiped by the people of this time period. This is similar to a religious person in our society reciting ‘Our Father’, which is a way of saying ‘Our God’. Therefore in this novel Henry Ford is perceived as a ‘God.’ Also Ford is mentioned for his inventions. “…Our Ford’s first T-model was put on the market.” (Huxley 25). This is meant to be seen as a major event to the readers. It also seems to be the beginning of this technological erba, talked about in this novel. Also after the Director says this passage, Huxley writes “(Here the Director made the sign of the T on his stomach and all the students reverently followed suit.)” (Huxley 25). This is similar to the catholic symbol of creating a cross over the chest with your hand which, once again, shows that Ford is worshiped like a God by the characters in this novel. Henry Ford perfected the mass production assembly line. In the world of Huxley’s novel, humans are mass-produced and grown with the help of an assembly line, therefore giving tribute to Ford. Aldous Huxley uses the rhetorical devices motif in...
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Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. New York: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2006. Print.
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