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How effective is Brave New World as a Satire?

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How effective is Brave New World as a Satire? By the word Satire, I understand that it is the use of mockery or exaggeration to expose faults in a subject. Huxley's subject is unclear as he himself, in the introduction, was said to be unsure whether he was writing a satire, a prophecy or a blueprint and so the subject matter is open to interpretation. I believe that Huxley was trying to satirize the world around him and the way that it was heading. Due to this being my understanding of the subject, I believe that the satire is undermined by the fact that the novel is too topical. A number of references, names, and allusions in Brave New World could be missed by the casual reader. Huxley draws upon his own extensive background in history, economics, and science and often assumes the reader is immediately aware of the significance of a particular word. For instance we don't necessarily understand the significance of the name "Mustapha Mond" reading it in this modern age. People reading this novel when it was first published, however, would have seen that the mention of the surname "Mond" was a reference to the English industrialist and politician Sir Alfred Mond. ...read more.

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People in the 1930's who would have read this novel, would have obviously related it straight to America, and what was to them, modern mechanisation. They'd have worried about what was to come in the near future. This book was however re - released in the 1950's where there was the worry of Stalin and his communism, taking everything away from richer people and giving it to poorer people, so that everyone would be equal. No barriers between classes, in fact no classes at all, everybody equal; part of a system. This re - release may have been simply in an effort to gain more profits, however I believe Huxley saw it as an opportunity to satirize this new superpower as well as Americanisation. He I believe would have opposed both and been trying to become the voice of our nation, showing its disgust at the future of the world, were it not to change its ways. We read it today with concern also, but we read it with the concern at how close we are to Huxley's "Brave New World" and how his fictitious story is pretty much a reality for us. ...read more.

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Huxley was concerned when he saw these things happening because he saw them as very real threats to man's freedom and independence. His bitter satire, results from his conviction that, although man is able to do something about these threats to his freedom and individuality, he is unwilling to make the effort "to turn the tide." To sum up, I believe that within the last ten years we have seen tremendous advances in science and technology. In any single ten-year period since 1900 the advances in science and technology have overshadowed the advancement made during any previous hundred-year period. Huxley realized that these advances, which were almost universally hailed as progress, were fraught with danger. Man had built higher than he could climb; man had unleashed power he was unable to control. Brave New World is Huxley's warning; it is his attempt to make man realize that since knowledge is power, he who controls and uses knowledge wields the power. Science and technology should be the servants of man - man should not be adapted and enslaved to them. Brave New World is a description of our lives as they could be in the not too distant future, if the present obsessions persist for standardization. - 2098 words - ?? ?? ?? ?? Anthony Eastman ...read more.

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