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Explain why Bokanovsky's Process is one of the major instruments of social stability.

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kristanm | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 13, 2010 at 10:42 PM via web

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Explain why Bokanovsky's Process is one of the major instruments of social stability.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 13, 2010 at 10:51 PM (Answer #1)

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What the leaders of the brave new world are trying to do is to make it so that everyone in the society (and especially within each caste) will be as similar as possible.  They want people to be the same, in part, so there will be little to no conflict between people and the society will be completely stable.

That is why the Bokanovsky Process is such an important instrument of social stability, especially for the lower castes.  By creating people who are completely identical the leaders of the society can make the people as identical as possible.  When people are identical, at least according to the book, they will respond in the same ways and will not come in conflict with one another.  As the Director says:

Standard men and women; in uniform batches. The whole of a small factory staffed with the products of a single bokanovskified egg. "Ninety-six identical twins working ninety-six identical machines!"

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