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"A BRAVE NEW WORLD" Aldous Huxley

Publié le 13 Novembre 2013, 07:18am

Between all the presentations I have seen in class, I've decided to choose Aldous Huxley (26 July 1894 - 22 November 1963) who was an English writer. Aldous Huxley was a humanist, pacifist, and satirist. He later became interested in spiritual subjects. He is well known for his use of psychedelic drugs.

I choosed him because he wrote "A Brave New World", a book, a dystopia, that I read last year and to be honest, I really enjoyed it. Here's the summary :

Brave New World occurs six hundred years in the future. The world has submitted to domination by World Controllers, whose primary goal is to ensure the stability and happiness of society. The underlying principle of the regime is utilitarianism, or maximizing the overall happiness of the society. The novel begins at the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Center, a production factory for human beings. A group of students receives a tour of the facilities by the Director. The society contains a five-tiered caste system that ranks Alphas and Betas on top. Only the Alphas and Betas come from single eggs that are not budded and hence have no twins. The Centre conditions all the non-Alpha and Beta embryos for their future status in society by dividing them into Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons. Thus, the Alphas represent the intellectually superior group, followed by the Betas, and continuing down to the Epsilons, who have little to no intelligence.The students view various machines and techniques used to promote the production and conditioning of embryos. The scientists take an ovary, remove and fertilize the eggs, force the eggs to bud up to ninety-six times, and subsequently grow the embryos in bottles. Predestinators then decide the future function of each embryo within the society, essentially assigning a future job to each human.

I really love this book since it is one of the kind of story I like. To my mind, the kind of book an "utopia" and a "dystopia" are really good, they can show the bad sides of a society, they can be really interesting.

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