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Brave New World is the the title of a 1932 book by futurist and social critic, Aldous L Huxley (1894-1963). In the Brave New World, Huxley imagines the authorities of society use new technologies, drugs and instruments of propaganda like subliminal advertising to keep people happy and unaware or unconcerned about what is actually happening to them and their communities. In Brave New World non-stop distractions of the most fascinating nature (the feelies, orgy-porgy, centrifugal bumblepuppy) are deliberately used as instruments of policy, for the purpose of preventing people from paying too much attention to the realities of the social and political situation.

Reinterpretations of Orwell's 1984, Huxley's Brave New World and Zamyatin's We. Based on the Conflict Between Liberty and Domination. We, 1984 and Brave New World are three of the most widely interpreted science fiction novels of the twentieth century. They all deal with anti-Utopian futures, each horrible in a completely different way. By examining various critical interpretations of We, 1984 and Brave New World, and by examining the use of certain symbolic imagery in the three texts, we can draw new connections between these formerly unconnected sets of imagery.

Wind imagery in We, for example, was previously interpreted to reflect only the inner struggles of the protagonist, D-503. Brave New World takes place in the World State, though the name is seldom used since it is the whole world and has been the whole world for many generations. It is generally called "the world".

Relative theory of good in brave new world and "1984." 
Partridge, Alice 
One method of interesting the average high school student in questioning intelligently the nature of good is through the study of huxley's "brave new world" and orwell's "1984." In both of these negative utopias the loss of man's humanity, individuality, and right to reason the nature of good are the very qualities which make him "excellent," and which are necessary for a "good" society where stability is the paramount virture, disease and poverty are eradicated through the application of science, and man is never faced with making those agonizing choices which wrench his psyche. The young reader, after studying the two novels and being frightened by what he recognizes as a possible future reality--given the course of human history, man's nature, and the rise of science--comes to stand with the savage of "brave new world."

Comparison of ideas found in Aldous Huxley's BRAVE NEW WORLD to tenets of Buddhism 
Paper Abstract: Comparison of ideas found in Aldous Huxley's BRAVE NEW WORLD to tenets of Buddhism. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley has its spiritual side, which for the society envisioned by Huxley may be various means undertaken to thwart spirituality or at least to rechannel it. The difference is that the Buddha seeks to evoke a spiritual response from others so that they seek a truth within themselves, while the society in Brave New World wants to shape the response and create a truth in keeping with some idea of social harmony.

Inheritable genetic modification and a brave new world. Did Huxley have it wrong? by Frankel MS.