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What similiarites exist in Ch 3 of Brave New World and our own world, and...

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tieztimez123 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 2, 2007 at 9:47 AM via web

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What similiarites exist in Ch 3 of Brave New World and our own world, and why?   

Some examples :  sex, family life,religon, drugs,booze,books, sports,old age, desire & fulfilment, democracry.  Quotes/examples helpful. 

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 3, 2007 at 8:39 AM (Answer #1)

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In today's world, people are overwhelmed with "stuff."  We have ipods, playstations, tvs, computers, cell phones, fax machines, etc.  Our lives are dominated by machinery.  In Chapter 3 the description of the children playing is shown.  The children all have complex toys.  The director speaks condescendingly about the time when machines were not central. 

Today, sex is not the taboo subject it once was.  Its talked about in musical lyrics and shown on network television.  Stories appear on the news everyday showing sexual experimentation happenening at younger ages.  The children in Brave New World play naked and are encouraged to experiment at a young age.  The conversation between Lenina and Fanny demonstrates that promiscuity is respected more than monogamy.  Consider this quote:

"Mother, monogamy, romance. High spurts the fountain; fierce and foamy the wild jet. The urge has but a single outlet. My love, my baby. No wonder those poor pre-moderns were mad and wicked and miserable."

Fanny demonstrates the belief of the new world is leisure and fun, not responsibility and duty.  With the emphasis on vacation and partying that occurs in the world today, readers can see the short space separating a Brave New World from ours.

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