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Give 3 examples of humor, sarcasm, and mockery used in Brave New World. This is just...

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tierrabrown | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 26, 2007 at 9:04 PM via web

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Give 3 examples of humor, sarcasm, and mockery used in Brave New World.

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted June 23, 2007 at 9:12 PM (Answer #1)

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From Chapter 2: "Moral education, which ought never, in any circumstances, to be rational." I would say that this is both humorous and mockery. If anything, morals ought to be soundly rational so that people can understand why rules are made and what "social good" they engender.

From Chapter 3: "Imagine the folly of allowing people to play elaborate games which do nothing whatever to increase consumption. It’s madness. Nowadays the Controllers won’t approve of any new game unless it can be shown that it requires at least as much apparatus as the most complicated of existing games." This quote encompasses all three of your criteria: humor, sarcasm, and mockery. It's meaning is that if we don't consume, the government doesn't improve and the society doesn't "win." (Sound familiar in this post 9/11 world??)

From Chapter 17: "Christianity without tears— that’s what soma is." This is an example of mockery. Huxley does not believe that religion should be without some sadness and guilt. "Soma" removes these uncomfortable feelings, making religion watered down and unreal.


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