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Posted May 14, 2012 at 2:37 AM via web

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Chapter 3:  How does the director's musings about games  relate to the larger theme of consumption or consumerism in Brave New World by Aldous Huxley?

At the beginning of chapter 3, the director muses over games which used to be played and had nothing to do with consumption- that is, using or incorporating some tool that contributes to society's functioning.

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 14, 2012 at 3:04 AM (Answer #1)

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The director's musing about games that only involved "balls and nets" reveals how society's views on the value of sport and athleticism have changed.  In the director's eyes, a game could not possibly be worth playing unless it requires fancy equipment or some kind of complex apparatus; Huxley uses this moment to deepen the reader's understanding of how firmly committed the society is to consumerism. 

In Brave New World the value of the game rests how much equipment it requires, playing for fun, or for the sheer love of the game seems nonexistent.  A game like soccer would seem utterly ridiculous, because the so much emphasis has been put on materialistic values, that people cannot fathom the purpose of playing a game which does not place an equally large value on the same materialistic values. 

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