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In Brave New World, how does the community influence the attitude and values of Lenina...

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isleofman23 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted January 10, 2010 at 3:01 AM via web

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In Brave New World, how does the community influence the attitude and values of Lenina Crowne?

Thank you so much if any help is given.

I do know that the community does influence her relationships with other people, she only has physical relationships, not emotional.

As well, the community influences Lenina's happiness and truth by her taking soma when avoiding the truth about a situation occuring.

I need three examples and I can not think of a third example, so if anyone does and help, it will be greatly appreciated.




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mamalion12010 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 10, 2010 at 3:32 AM (Answer #1)

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She loves to "tinker"- social networks of tech enthusiasts spring up to share tools, knowledge and projects...

Tech tinkerers at work and play - 21st century inventors gather in 'hackerspaces' to share new-age gee-wizardry..

The next generation of computing has a arena out in the physical world, not just on the computer itself. People can connect sensors and design applications for things in your home, office or park.

Searching for a mind-ticker, why she tries, for the experience of building a vehicle that can reach the upper atmosphere, to see what the edge of space looks like, to provide independent confirmation of the launch "protocols, to put a space program on the map, and make contributions to the amateur exploration of space, to prove a vehicle as a platform for other potential instrument packages, to show students what heights can be attained when you set your mind to it,

Because it's really cool.  

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marry-me-bury-me | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 31, 2010 at 10:22 AM (Answer #2)

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I think that Lenina is also very influenced on a commercial and emotional level.

She is influenced commercially through her life-long conditioning, as she is told that 'ending is better than mending', meaning that if something of hers breaks, she should buy another one instead of fix it. Also, she is convinced that in order to be socially acceptable, she must participate in equipment-rich sports, such as centrifugal bumble puppy, that cost money to play. This is the society's method of keeping the economy thriving, and it worked beautifully on Lenina.

Next, and more importantly, Lenina is influenced emotionally. If there is one thing that the 'civilized' society cannot stand, it is individuals plagued with passion which could lead to violence and love. At the beginning of the book, Lenina seems to be void of emotions; blissfully suppressed and ignorant from the effects of soma. However, we gradually begin to see her break through her empty haze after John calls her a 'strumpet' and 'whore', and she realizes that she actually loved this man. She is then plagued by a sort of depression and heart break that before was entirely uncharacteristic of her character due to society's conditioning upon her.

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