How does Huxley in the first three chapters of Brave New World solve the problem of informing the reader about how his imaginary society is organized?

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The major theme of this book is how its society has been set up in such a way that people have had their freedom and individuality taken away from them.  Huxley needs to find a way to explain to us that this has happened, but he has to do it in an interesting way.  He solves that problem by having the Director show a bunch of students through the hatching and conditioning center.

As the Director does this, we see many of the ways in which this society is set up.  We see, among other things:

  • That it is made up of people programmed genetically for certain roles.
  • We see how children from the different castes are conditioned.
  • We see how words having to do with family and reproduction are dirty words.
  • But we see how people are encouraged to engage in erotic play from the time they are little.

So, we are shown how children are made and how they are educated in this society.  That tells us a great deal about the society's organization.

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