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BNW Quotes

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"Turned into a savage. Having young ones like an animal...If it hadn't been for you, I might have gone to the Inspector, I might have gotten away. But with a baby. That would have been too shameful" • Linda • Family is not accepted- must achieve stability o Support system has been taken away o Wants people dependent
“Words can be like X-rays, if you use them properly – they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced. That’s one thing I try to teach my students – how to write piercingly… Besides, can you make words really piercing • Hemholtz • Not encouraged to write original things- It makes you think • Lets people start to question and rock the stability of society
"No, the real problem is: How is it that I can't, or rather -- because, after all, I know very well why I can't, -- what would it be like if I could, if I were free-- not enslaved by my conditioning?" • Bernard • Wants to feel emotion • People are conditioned to feel happiness; if it isn’t a pleasure, BNW has gone through many ways to get away of negativity •
“Our Ford himself did a great deal to shift the emphasis from truth and beauty to comfort and happiness. Mass production demanded the shift. Universal happiness keeps the wheels steadily turning; truth and beauty can’t.” • Mustapha Mond • Society has been conditioned to feel happy • Happy people will keep stability; they won’t question things going on; as long as you’re pleasured, everything is alright
“Ending is better than mending. The more stitches, the less riches; the more stitches…” • sleep taught slogan • moral and social conditioning • facts did not work; the individuals need something less factual; suggests a consumer based society and stability
“I haven’t been feeling too keen on promiscuity lately. There are times when one doesn’t…” • Lenina • Conditioning is not perfect; she wants to be monogamous • Flawed and isn’t as perfect as it seems; suggests what BNW has sacrificed to achieve this stability
"I always illustrate my lectures with a lot of technical examples. This time I thought I'd give them one I'd just written myself. Pure madness, of course, but I couldn't resist • Hemholtz • Got in trouble for writing an original piece • Original thinking makes waves and causes instability
"The author's treatment of the conception of purpose is novel and highly ingenious, but heretical and, so far as the present social order is concerned, dangerous and potentially subversive. Not to be published." • Mustapha Mond • Labor saving ideas are original thinking • The author will be watched because his conditioning is not perfect; he is asking questions and may break down the stability
“Everyone belongs to everyone else.” • Slogan taught • Everyone is your family; you are a part of the state, not an individual; everyone is supposed to be socially active at all times • Socially active means happy and not thinking •
"I was given a choice: to be sent to an island where I could have got on with my pure science, or to be taken on the Controller's Council with the prospect of succeeding in due time to an actual Controllership. I chose this and let science go." • Mustapha Mond • His choice to become a world controller • Power; he is one of the most original thinkers • He is a part of an oligarchy in charge of making the decisions for everyone •
"Don't you want to be free and men? Don't you understand what manhood and freedom are? Don't you? Very well, then, I'll teach you; I'll make you free whether you want to or not!" • John • Deltas are rioting; shows how addicted they are to the soma; it is a method of controlling the population so everyone can remain happy • One way for control and for stability
"I wish I had my soma!" • Lenina • Industrialized, pristine, and sterile buildings in BNW society; everything functions in a specific automated time; when Lenina is exposed to reality, she cannot deal with it • Savage reservation is full of life; BNW is dead
"O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is. O brave new world that has such people in it!" • John • The tempest • He gets disappointment from BNW; his mother used to tell him it was beautiful but then he realized it’s not what he thought • Complete Works os Shakespeare helped John create his values •
“And if by chance, anything unpleasant should somehow happen, why, there’s always soma to give you a holiday from the facts. And there’s always soma to calm you anger, to reconcile you to your enemies, to make you patient and long-suffering. • soma • it replaces religion- it suggests a need for belief; it is a support system and a way to accept; BNW is completely based on reality and tangible evidence • religions asks you to question about human interaction- frowned upon
"Everyone belongs to everyone else -- don't they? Don't they? Well, here, nobody's supposed to belong to more than one person. And if you have people in the normal way, the others think you’re wicked and antisocial." • Linda • Contrasting the BNW standards to the Reservation • BNW society doesn’t have the family relationships; there is a support system and a human need to depend on one other person •
“Call it the fault of civilization. God isn't compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness. You must make your choice. Our civilization chose machinery and medicine and happiness. That's why I have to keep these books • Mustapha Mond • BNW took medicine and locked it away • Art, religion, family, science; causes instability
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