As part of my #1001Books challenge, I am reading a lot of famous world literature and I have decided not to simply read them but force myself as well to think about what I read to get a bit deeper into the topics. I was thinking that for each book, I am reading for my challenge, I am going to answer four questions about the book or its content. I am going to look up book club discussion questions online and answer them for myself. Please feel free to critique my opinions and leave your owns in the comments section below. I am more than happy to discuss certain aspects with you. I am also happy to answer any other question you might have related to a certain book or its plot.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The last book I have been reading was Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and here are my four questions and answers:
1. Why are childbirth, motherhood and family despised in this book’s society? What do they threaten and why?
Childbirth, motherhood and family are all things people get attached to easily. They start to have emotions for one another and with the emotions or feelings attached to a certain person also comes the risk of being disappointed by this particular person which, in the end, leads to unhappiness – something that is to be avoided at all times and would destroy the complete set of rules of the new world.
2. What does this world gain from its rigid classifications of people into alphas, betas…? What is lost?
The new world gains a guarantee of the perfect humans for each needed class. There is no surplus of humans in any class and no lack of people either. People of each class stop thinking for themselves and are not self-determined anymore which helps them be happy at all times.
On the other hand, the new world loses the spirit of feelings. Its inhabitants never experience how it feels to be miserable or happy for a while. They are also not passionate about something as they simply execute what is asked of them without putting further thoughts into it or questioning their actions. They do not care if what they do is right or wrong as long as the system dictates them to do it a certain way.
3. What is important about the title?
In my opinion, the most important thing about the title is the word ”brave“ as it shows that the new world is not an easy one. Why would anybody or anything have to be brave if it was not difficult or dangerous? People who invented the new world have been very brave as it must be a very hard task to fulfill if you try manipulating people so that they do not have any sorts of feelings anymore and agree with being put in a specific class.
Also, as with all systems, there are always parts of the system that do not work according to plan – nothing is ever completely and 100 percent perfect. It is very brave to put yourself out there and rebel against a bigger system if you are all by yourself or only supported by a few followers. This part is comparable to the situation in Germany during WWII when there were only a few people brave enough to rebel against the system.
4. What are the conflicts in Brave New World? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional) did you notice in this novel?
There are certain conflicts within Brave New World. Some people certainly feel differently than they are supposed to feel and think. In these situations, they have a mental conflict with themselves as their sense tells them that their feelings and/or thoughts are wrong but their feelings/thoughts tell them something completely different. It all comes to the question if these people are brave enough to follow their sense or if they simply stick to the rules of the system.
Overall, I found Brave New World to be very interesting to read but terrifying at the same time as I was imagining living in a world like the one created in the novel several times while I was reading it and it freaked me out completely! Not being able to make certain decisions about my own life or not having the possibility to change or to develop into something I always wanted to be? Being stuck in a boring life repeating itself day after day? – So not my thing! I am a person who likes learning and I am trying to learn something new every day, which I would not be able to do if I would live in this world.
Did you read Brave New World? What are your thoughts on the novel and which questions do you have for me? Please leave them in the comments section below! I look forward to your feedback!
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