The scene begins at the Central London Hatchery in the year 632 After Ford. A guided tour is taking place, explaining the process of how a human is made. It’s a new age, and humans no longer are created by viviparous reproduction; in Brave New World, humans are made on an assembly line.
People in this world are divided up into five social classes- Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons, ranging from the highest caste to the lowest, respectively. The fetuses are developed in little jars that follow a conveyor belt for their caste. Each caste is exposed to different elements to strengthen or weaken the fetuses within the jars, for example, the lower three castes are deprived of oxygen to keep the individuals of that class smaller and less intelligent of those of the Alpha or Beta classes. After 267 days on the conveyor belt, the babies are decanted from their jars and begin conditioning.
The tour moves from the assembly room to the nursery where the babies are conditioned. Using different methods and many repetitions, the workers at the factory train the babies to instinctively like and dislike different things. When the tour enters, they are conditioning baby Deltas to hate books and learning by electrocuting them when they pick up a book. The director of the tour says it is necessary that the three lower castes are conditioned against books so they can not become too intelligent.
The tour moves to a room where Beta children are asleep. The director describes a process that all people go through called hypnopaedia, where you are basically brainwashed in your sleep. The young Betas are taught to love their caste and essentially loathe the others. They are conditioned like this for their entire time of growing up in this facility, learning about their caste and what it means to be apart of it.
The tour moves on to a garden on the grounds of the facility in chapter three. As disgusting and demoralizing as it is, the scene opens to hundreds of children participating in sexual games, naked amongst the bushes. The director explains to the people on the tour the negative effects of not having sex, and this is why in this society, sex is a normal way to connect to other people and is started from such a young age.
Meanwhile, Lenina and Henry are both getting ready at the facility for their date that evening. Bernard Marx is eavesdropping on a conversation he hears between Henry and another man in the changing room about how the other man can have Lenina. Conversations like this are so normal in the book, because no one in this society stays in a relationship with another person for any long period of time. Bernard, however, does not approve of the conversation. The reader is then transported to where Lenina is getting ready and talking with her friend Fanny about how she has been seeing Henry for four whole months, and they both agree that she should see more people. Lenina then brings up Bernard’s name, and how he had invited her to go to a Savage Reservation in New Mexico. Later on, the reader sees Lenina accept Bernard’s offer in person.
While Lenina and Henry are on their date, Bernard is getting ready for New Mexico and ends up meeting with his friend, Helmholtz, who is described as being ‘too smart,’ even if he is an Alpha Plus. They both share a hatred for the way the world works and both see themselves as individuals, which a view like this is very frowned upon in this society. Everyone is part of everyone; there are no individuals.
Bernard went to The Director to be granted permission to head off for the Savage Reservation. As he is handed a permit to leave for New Mexico, Bernard listens to The Director tell a story of when he went to the Reservation about twenty years ago, he lost a girl he went with in the mountains during a bad storm. The story saddens Bernard and makes him anxious. The Director uses this opportunity to snap back at Bernard and threatens his exile to Iceland if reports of him...
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