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Brave New World Lesson Plan
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By using this lesson plan for Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, teachers will help their students analyze humanity's quality of life as presented in the novel and the roles of government, science, and technology in the world. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- In Brave New World, what is Bokanovsky's Process? It is a process by which one human embryo will divide into from eight to ninety-six buds to form multiple "twin" embryos.
- Explain why Bokanovsky's Process is one of the major instruments of social stability. It is the principle of mass production applied to the science of biology. Identical workers at identical machines will perform identical tasks.
- Why are the babies being conditioned to hate books and flowers? The Deltas do not need books to perform their social function; they might attempt to think for themselves if allowed to see unfamiliar ideas. The conditioning against nature is for economic reasons. Enjoying nature is free and doesn't keep any factories busy.
- Why is everyone interested in John but not Linda? John is young and handsome and was born rather than decanted; these things made him interesting to the people. Linda, on the other hand, is physically repulsive and a mother; she is a living obscenity.
- In Brave New World, how does Bernard react to his downfall? The shallowness of his character becomes obvious. He resents John and also his old friend Helmholtz for taking him back as a friend without any apologies. He is also jealous of the developing friendship between John and Helmholtz.
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