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Brave New World

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Crash Course on World War II.

Fantastic!, thanks so much for the contribution! – tfkempo
This video will give a "crash course" on World War II. This is great for individuals who want a refresher on what happened in World War II and will be beneficial for understanding certain components of this presentation. – browkath

The Enemy.

In both Nazi Germany and the Ford-centric society, certain subjects are viewed as enemies of the state. For the Nazis, this was the Jews. Hitler thought it was the Jews that had caused many of the issues following World War I, and that eliminating these individuals was the solution. Similarly, in “Brave New World”, art and science were viewed as the enemies. John notes that they “seem to have paid a fairly high price for your happiness” (Huxley 157), yet the Controller believes that losing those subjects was necessary for a prosperous community. Through this comparison, audience members are able to see the realistic implications of attempting to create a perfect society. Sacrifices needed to be made in order to make the society “perfect” which emphasizes the general theme that a perfect society will create more harm than good. – browkath

The Opposition.

In both Nazi Germany and “Brave New World”, those in charge had to decide what to do with people who did not submit to the mental brainwashing instituted in their society. In Nazi Germany, this meant killing those who opposed Hitler’s rule. Whether that meant shooting them at point blank, or sending them to the same concentration camps as the Jews, the opposition was soon wiped out through violent measures. This similar tactic is referenced to in “Brave New World”. The Controller speaks about eliminating the opposition, “Put you all in the lethal chamber, I suppose” (Huxley 156). If the islands did not exist, the Controller believes that the only other option would be to kill the opposition. Huxley wrote this novel prior to World War II; however, the similarity between removal methods is uncanny. This comparison shows the deadly implications of attempting to create a “perfect society.” – browkath

Separation.

Early in the novel, Huxley makes it clear that there is a distinct class separation between Alphas, Betas, Deltas, and Epsilons. Children are fed repeating lines of information that reassures them of their place in society, “Oh no, I don’t want to play with Delta children. And Epsilons are still worse. They’re too stupid to be able to read or write. Besides they wear black, which is such a beastly colour. I’m so glad I’m a Beta” (Huxley 20). This separation was clearly seen in Nazi Germany as well. The Aryan race was seen as superior to all others. Furthermore, if one had blonde hair and blue eyes, they were considered the “ideal individual”. This shows the distinct similarities between Hitler’s “perfect society” and the “perfect society” in “Brave New World”. Additionally, it allows readers to see the realistic implications of attempting to implement a “perfect society”. In each of these societies, a group had to be at the bottom of the social ladder in order for others to stay on top. This creates hatred among the classes, causing a great deal of harm to the society. – browkath

Leaders.

Hitler was the leader of Nazi Germany. He was viewed as a strong, all-knowing individual who would push the German state in the right direction. When people would see him, they would throw out their arm, in a sharp movement and shout “Heil Hitler.” A similar awe-inducing fervor was created whenever Mustapha Mond would walk into a room. Students are in utter awe when they see him, “His fordship Mustapha Mond! The eyes of the saluting students almost pop- ped out of their heads. Mustapha Mond!” (Huxley 25). The repetition of Mond’s name emphasizes the imporance of Mond as a character. It conveys to the audience that he is almost a legendary figure in their society and not often seen. This helps the audience grasp how important Mond is in their society, just as Hitler was important in Germany. This comparison allows readers to see the implications of attempting to create a perfect society. Because of the fact that both of these attempts failed, it shows the audience that perfect societies are detrimental to the world, and should not be attempted. – browkath

Heil Hitler.

There are many symbols in “Brave New World” but one of the most obvious ones is the phrase “Ford.” “Ford” is used similarly to the way people use “God” today; however, in the novel it is much more than that. It is a way to show respect to their creator. This way of showing respect is mimicked in Nazi Germany as supporters of Hitler would shout “Heil Hitler.” Both of these symbols show the level of respect that was given to the leaders of the societies. They are key characteristics that both readers and historians think about when they refer to these two subject matters. Additionally, these symbols further the theme that any attempt to create a perfect society will create more harm than good. Readers are continuously disgusted and uncomfortable with what goes on in Huxley’s dystopian society, and historians are disappointed in Germany for their role in World War II. The connection of these two matters allows readers to fully realize the detriment that a perfect society would have on the world. – browkath