Brave New World-Allusions

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Allusions to the "Brave New World"

1. Ford
Henry Ford (1863-1947) revolutionized the automobile industry with the assembly line method of production, which proved very successful for 15 million Model Ts were sold. Humans were similarly produced in the Brave New World where the embryos passed along a conveyor belt while a worker or machine would have a specific task dealing with the specimen. Again, this assembly line method proved very successful.
2. Lenina
Vladmir Lenin (1870-1924) founded the communist party in Russia and the world's first communist dictatorship. He believed in Karl Marx's theories that government is affected by underlying economic forces. Lenin's dictatorship resembles that of Mustapha Mond for both of them
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In addition, he has a religious life where he believes in and worships a deity.
15. "Ford's in his Flivver, All's right in the world"
"God's in his heaven,
All's right in the world" Robert Browning (1812-1889) "Riper Passes" [1841]
Huxley, by replacing God with ford and heaven with Flivver, is indicating that the people in the BNW now look up to Ford as the Supreme Being. Flivver means car and in this case refers to the Model T that is analogized with heaven.
16. "O Brave New World"
"O Brave New World
That has such people in't" William Shakespeare The Tempest
This is the quote by Miranda in the "Tempest" when she refers to the people that actually are her enemies. Similarly, John Savage calls the ‘civilized world' he is about to enter as the ‘Brave New World'. However, he doesn't know the true reality of the civilized world. John would soon learn to hate it.
17. Soma
Soma is an intoxicating drink brewed and drunk by Hindu priests in ancient times. It was fabled and brought from heaven and was personified as a god. In addition, it was the most important of Vedic deities. However, in later mythologies, the soma drink represented the moon, which was gradually drunk up by their gods and then refilled again (waxing and waning of the moon). ‘To drink the soma' was an expression to be immortal but in the BNW, it was used as a relief agent against depression or miseries. Although in both cases it was a euphoric medicine, soma wasn't intoxicating in


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