History Literature / BraveNewWorld

6th Apr '16 4:18:53 PM CaitsMeow
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* VillainsNeverLie: The protagonists all take Mustapha Mond's story about the Alpha society of Cyprus failing at face value, even though Mond is probably the most UnreliableNarrator imaginable for dictating why a free society of equals can't work. Also see ReleasedToElsewhere.

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* VillainsNeverLie: The protagonists all take Mustapha Mond's story about the Alpha society of Cyprus failing at face value, even though Mond is probably the most UnreliableNarrator imaginable for dictating why a free society of equals can't work. Also see ReleasedToElsewhere.
12th Feb '16 6:31:04 PM bowserbros
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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Jon the Savage is kept from volunteering for sacrifice in America because he is white. He is then treated as an outsider and gawked at in London. And Bernard, as he is treated like a leper for being prudish about the free sex culture in the Brave New World.

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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Jon John the Savage is kept from volunteering for sacrifice in America on the reservation because he is white. He is then treated as an outsider and gawked at in London. And Bernard, as he is treated like a leper for being prudish about the free sex culture in the Brave New World.



* BedtimeBrainwashing: This effect is called Hypnopaedia. A combination of Pleasant, Troubling and Command (especially Troubling and Command) is used to condition children according to their place in the caste system.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Having invented the production lines that produce everything (people included), Henry Ford is {{retcon}}ned by society into a literal Christ-like figure. ([[FutureImperfect And combined with]] Sigmund Freud.) Played with in that these people were not in and of themselves different or leading some secret life, but were retconned into this by the regime, who needed people to inspire the masses.

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* BedtimeBrainwashing: This effect is called Hypnopaedia. uses the proper scientific term, "hypnopaedia." A combination of Pleasant, Troubling and Command (especially Troubling and Command) is used to condition children according to their place in the caste system.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Having invented the production lines that produce everything (people included), Henry Ford is {{retcon}}ned [[{{Retcon}} retconned]] by society into a literal Christ-like figure. ([[FutureImperfect And combined with]] Sigmund Freud.) Played with in that these people were not in and of themselves different or leading some secret life, but were retconned into this by the regime, who needed people to inspire the masses.



* CrapsackOnlyByComparison: John the Savage views the "utopian" world of London as amoral, unnatural, and pointless, while Lenina sees John's home on the savage reservation as backwards, uncivilized, and barbaric.

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* CrapsackOnlyByComparison: John the Savage views Native Americans view the "utopian" world of London as amoral, immoral, unnatural, and pointless, while Lenina sees John's John the Savage's home on the savage reservation as backwards, uncivilized, and barbaric.



* FreeLoveFuture: Everyone is encouraged from earliest childhood to have sex with as many people as possible, and never to form strong attachments to any of them. Chastity is the deadest of virtues. But it's not really "free love", because being promiscuous is mandatory. Sexual norms are just as strict as they were in Victorian times, they just go in the opposite direction. John confuses Lenina by ''not'' jumping her bones at the first opportunity; because of this, she ends up ''longing'' for him, and comes the closest she will ever come to actually feeling love in her whole pathetic, sex-saturated life.

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* FreeLoveFuture: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] and [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] simultaneously. Everyone is encouraged from earliest childhood to have sex with as many people as possible, and never to form strong attachments to any of them. Chastity is the deadest of virtues. But it's not really "free love", because being promiscuous is mandatory. Sexual norms are just as strict as they were in Victorian times, they just go in the opposite direction. John confuses Lenina by ''not'' jumping her bones at the first opportunity; because of this, she ends up ''longing'' for him, and comes the closest she will ever come to actually feeling love in her whole pathetic, sex-saturated life.



** "Ford" has basically replaced "God" and "Lord" in ''all'' contexts, resulting in titles like "his fordship" and exclamations like "For the love of Ford!" The reason is because he created the assembly line, the absolute base of the civilization.

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** "Ford" has basically replaced "God" and "Lord" in ''all'' contexts, resulting in titles like "his fordship" Fordship" and exclamations like "For the love of Ford!" The reason is because he created the assembly line, the absolute base of the civilization.



* MemeticMutation: ''Invoked'' as a form of mind control. Pithy little catchphrases (that often rhyme for added catchiness) are spread and invoked as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thought_Reform_and_the_Psychology_of_Totalism#Thought-terminating_clich.C3.A9 thought-terminating clichés]] to stop any potential dissent in its tracks.
* MurderSuicide: Implied at the end when [[spoiler:John possibly whips Lenina to death before hanging himself]]. Again, might come from reading too much Shakespeare.

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* MemeticMutation: ''Invoked'' as a form of mind control. Pithy little catchphrases (that often rhyme for added catchiness) are spread and invoked as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thought_Reform_and_the_Psychology_of_Totalism#Thought-terminating_clich.C3.A9 thought-terminating clichés]] to stop any potential dissent in its tracks.
* MurderSuicide: Implied at the end when [[spoiler:John whips Lenina, possibly whips Lenina to death death, before hanging himself]]. Again, might come from reading too much Shakespeare.



* {{Sexophone}}: The briefly mentioned sexophones are either renamed saxophones or some odd new instrument. Sex is so blasé in this civilization that a deliberate rename wouldn't be out of the question.

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* {{Sexophone}}: The briefly mentioned sexophones are either renamed saxophones or some odd new instrument. Sex is so blasé in this civilization that a deliberate rename wouldn't be out of the question.



* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Wanting to be with one person? Caring if your partner is with someone else? Minding when someone dies?! What hilarious concepts!

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* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Wanting to be with one person? Caring if your partner is with someone else? Minding when someone dies?! What hilarious concepts!concepts! Well, assuming you're not a Native American on the reservation.
16th Jan '16 1:56:38 PM Aquila89
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* GrandInquisitorScene: John and Mustapha Mond debating the World State. John argues for a world in which meaningful art, passion, family, and God have a place again, but Mond shoots down everything John brings up. He agrees with him that the old world had more meaning to it, but that it had to be sacrificed for stability.
4th Dec '15 5:14:29 PM ReaderAt2046
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It's also a true example of CrapsaccharineWorld and CrapsackOnlyByComparison. The Brave New World is a fully-functioning society where everyone is happy, youthful, healthy and productive, but it is presented as a dystopia because this comes at the cost of creativity, free will and progression. The Reservation is a free community of emotion, but it is also a dirty, disease-ridden tribal wasteland where the weak are ostracized and pain equals redemption. Aldous Huxley would later go on to express regret at not including a third option that would have been a happy medium of the two. (He does, in his later book ''Island'', but not for the Savage.)

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It's also a true example of CrapsaccharineWorld and CrapsackOnlyByComparison.CrapsackOnlyByComparison, and one of the few true examples of a fully developed, internally consistent, BlueAndOrangeMorality. The Brave New World is a fully-functioning society where everyone is happy, youthful, healthy and productive, but it is presented as a dystopia because this comes at the cost of creativity, free will and progression. The Reservation is a free community of emotion, but it is also a dirty, disease-ridden tribal wasteland where the weak are ostracized and pain equals redemption. Aldous Huxley would later go on to express regret at not including a third option that would have been a happy medium of the two. (He does, in his later book ''Island'', but not for the Savage.)


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* PetTheDog: The World State does its best to ensure that even the troublemakers are happy, "exiling" them to the islands where they can be real people in the company of other real people.
8th Nov '15 10:15:16 AM Give1Take2
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** His example fails to be argument against free will, because it was engineered to fail. People involved in experiment were all Alphas. They not only had high intelligence that made them efficient at intellectual work. They were conditioned '''all''' their prior life, to be happy with, and '''only''' with specific, intellectual jobs. This ensured civil war, because they not only had more potential than to do menial tasks like farming, they were literally brainwashed into being incapable to accept them. Yet no character points out this [[FalseDichotomy false dillema]].



* FreeLoveFuture: Everyone is encouraged from earliest childhood to have sex with as many people as possible, and never to form strong attachments to any of them. Chastity is the deadest of virtues. But it's not really "free love", because being promiscuous is mandatory. Sexual norms are just as strict as they were in Victorian times, they just go in the opposite direction. John confuses Lenina by ''not'' jumping her bones at the first opportunity; because of this, she ends up ''longing'' for him, and comes the closest she will ever come to actually feeling love in her whole pathetic, sex-saturated life.\\
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One big fly in the ointment, of course, is that much of the sex in the book is, by present-day standards, rape; [[DeliberateValuesDissonance society has been conditioned to view anyone who refuses sex when propositioned as anti-social]].

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* FreeLoveFuture: Everyone is encouraged from earliest childhood to have sex with as many people as possible, and never to form strong attachments to any of them. Chastity is the deadest of virtues. But it's not really "free love", because being promiscuous is mandatory. Sexual norms are just as strict as they were in Victorian times, they just go in the opposite direction. John confuses Lenina by ''not'' jumping her bones at the first opportunity; because of this, she ends up ''longing'' for him, and comes the closest she will ever come to actually feeling love in her whole pathetic, sex-saturated life.\\
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life.
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One big fly in the ointment, of course, is that much of the sex in the book is, by present-day standards, rape; [[DeliberateValuesDissonance society has been conditioned to view anyone who refuses sex when propositioned as anti-social]].



* ReallyGetsAround: Almost everyone (since this is the norm), although [[MsFanservice Lenina]] deserves a special mention.
** Lenina is actually an interesting example, as even though she's quite promiscuous by real-life standards, in-universe she's seen as being as conservative as society will allow. Early in the novel a friend of hers chastises her for going back to the same man too frequently, and John's unavailability causes her to obsess over him.

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* ReallyGetsAround: Almost everyone (since this is the norm), although [[MsFanservice Lenina]] deserves a special mention.
** Lenina
is actually an interesting example, as even case. Even though she's quite promiscuous by real-life standards, in-universe she's seen as being as conservative as society will allow. Early in the novel a friend of hers chastises her for going back to the same man too frequently, and John's unavailability causes her to obsess over him.
5th Nov '15 11:18:47 PM Specialist290
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* ConditionedToAcceptHorror: Most people have no idea just how vapid and insignificant their lives are. The ones who ''do'' know this are so difficult to integrate that they're just shipped off to isolated islands just so they don't have to think about it so much.

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* ConditionedToAcceptHorror: Most people have no idea just how vapid and insignificant their lives are. The ones who ''do'' know this are so difficult to integrate that they're just shipped off to isolated islands just so they don't have to think about it so much.much or risk spoiling everyone else's mindless fun.
27th Aug '15 7:18:57 PM ReaderAt2046
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* LuxuryPrisonSuite: Mustapha Mond points out that exile to an island actually means getting sent to the only places in this world where you can find real people instead of the puppet-folk of regular society.
25th Aug '15 1:16:19 PM Nire
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** Lenina is actually an interesting example, as even though she's quite promiscuous by real-life standards, in-universe she's seen as being as conservative as society will allow. Early in the novel a friend of hers chastises her for going back to the same man too frequently, and John's unavailability causes her to obsess over him.
3rd Aug '15 12:46:27 PM Specialist290
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* SpiritualAntithesis: Huxley would later go on to write ''Island'', a book in which many of the same techniques imposed as control measures in ''Brave New World'''s World State can be genuinely beneficial to a society that allows them as options but doesn't force them upon its members arbitrarily.
2nd Aug '15 11:42:36 AM Specialist290
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* FreeLoveFuture: Everyone is encouraged from earliest childhood to have sex with as many people as possible, and never to form strong attachments to any of them. Chastity is the deadest of virtues. But it's not really "free love", because being promiscuous is mandatory. Sexual norms are just as strict as they were in Victorian times, they just go in the opposite direction. John confuses Lenina by ''not'' jumping her bones at the first opportunity; because of this, she ends up ''longing'' for him, and comes the closest she will ever come to actually feeling love in her whole pathetic, sex-saturated life.

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* FreeLoveFuture: Everyone is encouraged from earliest childhood to have sex with as many people as possible, and never to form strong attachments to any of them. Chastity is the deadest of virtues. But it's not really "free love", because being promiscuous is mandatory. Sexual norms are just as strict as they were in Victorian times, they just go in the opposite direction. John confuses Lenina by ''not'' jumping her bones at the first opportunity; because of this, she ends up ''longing'' for him, and comes the closest she will ever come to actually feeling love in her whole pathetic, sex-saturated life.\\
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One big fly in the ointment, of course, is that much of the sex in the book is, by present-day standards, rape; [[DeliberateValuesDissonance society has been conditioned to view anyone who refuses sex when propositioned as anti-social]].
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