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1 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Key Concepts

2 Introducing the Author Aldous Huxley

3 Introducing the Author NAME: Aldous Huxley NAME: Aldous Huxley OCCUPATION: Author OCCUPATION: Author BIRTH DATE: July 26, 1894 BIRTH DATE: July 26, 1894 DEATH DATE: November 22, 1963 DEATH DATE: November 22, 1963 EDUCATION: Eton, Balliol College EDUCATION: Eton, Balliol College PLACE OF BIRTH: Godalming, United Kingdom PLACE OF BIRTH: Godalming, United Kingdom PLACE OF DEATH: Los Angeles, California PLACE OF DEATH: Los Angeles, California FULL NAME: Aldous Leonard Huxley FULL NAME: Aldous Leonard Huxley BEST KNOWN FOR Brave New World BEST KNOWN FOR Brave New World Author Aldous Huxley expressed his deep distrust of 20th-century politics and technology in his sci-fi novel Brave New World, a nightmarish vision of the future. Author Aldous Huxley expressed his deep distrust of 20th-century politics and technology in his sci-fi novel Brave New World, a nightmarish vision of the future.

4 Introducing the Author He published his first book in 1916 and worked on the periodical Athenaeum 1919–1921. He published his first book in 1916 and worked on the periodical Athenaeum 1919–1921. Thereafter he devoted himself largely to his own writing and spent much of his time in Italy until the late 1930s, when he settled in California. Thereafter he devoted himself largely to his own writing and spent much of his time in Italy until the late 1930s, when he settled in California. He established himself as a major author in his first two published novels, Crome Yellow and Antic Hay. He established himself as a major author in his first two published novels, Crome Yellow and Antic Hay.

5 Timeline July 26, 1894 – Aldous Huxley is born – The Ford Motor Company is founded – Huxley enters Eton. Ford introduces the Model T – Huxley suffers severe vision loss. Aug – WWI begins. Huxley is rejected for military service – The Burning Wheel is published. Nov – Communists seize power in Russia. Nov. 11, 1918 – WWI ends – Evgeny Zamyatin’s We is published.

6 Timeline

7 Timeline H.G. Wells’ Men Like Gods is published – Ford ends production of the Model T. Over 15 million have been sold – Brave New World is published – Huxley moves to California – WWII begins after Germans invade Poland. Dec. 7, 1941 – U.S. enters WWII after Japan attacks Pearl Harbor. May 1945 – Germany surrenders to Allies.

8 Timeline August 1945 – Japan surrenders to the Allies – George Orwell’s 1984 is published. Huxley publishes Island, a utopian novel – Maria Huxley dies. Nov, 22, 1963 – Huxley dies. John F. Kennedy and C.S. Lewis also die on this day.

9 Literary Terms Allegory: a literary work that functions on two or more levels of meaning by comparing objects to symbols beyond the scope of the work.

10 Literary Terms Bildungsroman: literally a “formation novel,” which describes the coming-of-age of an untried or naïve youth.

11 Literary Terms Existentialism: a loosely defined philosophy that contrasts the random nature of the universe with the inadequacy of human control or intelligence.

12 Themes Oppression Oppression Frustration Frustration Menial labor Menial labor Gratification Gratification Initiative Initiative Power Power Rebellion Rebellion Escape Escape Self-knowledge Self-knowledge Love Love Despair Despair Suicide Suicide

13 Motifs Coping with the aftermath of war Coping with the aftermath of war Developing a dystopia Developing a dystopia Escaping to the frontier Escaping to the frontier Violating sexual taboos Violating sexual taboos Taking responsibility for actions Taking responsibility for actions Fleeing the meaninglessness of dystopia Fleeing the meaninglessness of dystopia

14 Caste System “ Alpha children wear grey They work much harder than we do, because they're so frightfully clever. I'm really awfully glad I'm a Beta, because I don't work so hard. And then we are much better than the Gammas and Deltas. Gammas are stupid. They all wear green, and Delta children wear khaki. Oh no, I don't want to play with Delta children. And Epsilons are still worse. They're too stupid to be able…" “ Alpha children wear grey They work much harder than we do, because they're so frightfully clever. I'm really awfully glad I'm a Beta, because I don't work so hard. And then we are much better than the Gammas and Deltas. Gammas are stupid. They all wear green, and Delta children wear khaki. Oh no, I don't want to play with Delta children. And Epsilons are still worse. They're too stupid to be able…"

15 Key Concepts Linda, John and the savages. Linda, John and the savages. Who does John think Lenina is similar to and why? Who does John think Lenina is similar to and why? Linda’s issue with other women. Linda’s issue with other women. Who is Mitsima and why is she important? Who is Mitsima and why is she important? Pope brings a book for John. Pope brings a book for John. The feeling of loneliness. The feeling of loneliness. Lenina’s issue with Linda. Lenina’s issue with Linda.


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