Brave New World by Aldous Huxley: A Summary

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Brave New World essay
Imagine a world without wars, famine, old-age or diseases, where everybody is happy with what they have and where people don’t complain. Imagine this place, where people do not discriminate each other for their skin colour or because of their religion. This is the situation of the Brave New World, the people there are divided into ranks, from Alpha Plus to Epsilon. But they don’t care about the classes, their mentality is simple; without the other classes, life wouldn’t be possible. The classes each have their colour, jobs etcetera. The people are never unhappy or discontent.
But not everything in this world is perfect; such as not having your own identity, or living in a world based on lies.
So this perfect world
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Even as his character doesn’t play as big a role as Bernard, he does feel different. “....he had nevertheless realized quite suddenly that sport, women and professional and social activities were not, so far as he was concerned, the most important things in life. Really, deep down, he was interested in something else. But in what?” In this extract it becomes clear that Helmholtz thinks there is something more to live for, but, like Bernard, he can’t come up with it. Later he starts writing poems, and agrees that his own writings are nothing more than dull propaganda. But he can’t write like Shakespeare about mothers, fathers and marriage. That was just not possible in the Brave New World, as parents were known as primitive and bizarre. He wants to write about something the people of the Brave New World can understand, but still filled with passion, emotions and intensity.
At first there seems to be no reason for Helmholtz to dislike the World State, he is not like Bernard who is weak and doesn’t fit in. Helmholtz is a well-liked, attractive and intelligent man, who has to turn down a foursome with three women. But still, Helmholtz detests the Brave New World, because he is actually too smart. He sees how the people aren’t able to create an own opinion, and how this world limits his talents as a writer. He and John are quite similar, they both criticize the Brave New World and love Shakespeare. Even though Watson laughs at the parts of fathers and mothers.
Later he ends