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ladyylike | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 15, 2012 at 8:48 PM via web

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Progress in our modern world and its reflection in utopian literature (Brave new world- Huxley)

Hello everybody. I should give a 15 minutes presentation about this topic but i havent got any ideas. There are too many progress in our modern world and too many progress in BNW, too. Any ideas to this topic? I dont know what i should say to this task.

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etotheeyepi | Student , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted May 13, 2012 at 10:35 PM (Answer #2)

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You might talk about how society in Brave New World has little in common with society as it exists today.

For example, BNW has elevator operators.  The modern world does not have elevator operators because of minimum wage laws.

BNW separates people based on intelligence. The modern world separates students by academic achievement and people in general by economic achievement.  In China maybe people are seperated by political achievement.

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alyssawhitney19 | Student , Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 13, 2012 at 11:43 PM (Answer #3)

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Today, the world is beginning to look down upon people who "step out of line" and are different than the paradox that man has created.  You could talk about how John and Bernard do not fit the quota in Brave New World because of their emotions, and how evident connections are becomming more and more real today. (I read this a while ago so sorry if I'm a bit rusty.)

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 15, 2012 at 9:05 PM (Answer #4)

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The whole point of this book is that progress is not such a great thing.  We love material progress today but we (Huxley is saying) can take it too far.  In BNW, you have the world having gone crazy due to their desire for material things.  You can argue that today we have lost our spiritual values and our moral values and our love for other people because all we care about is money and material things just as is true in BNW.

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 15, 2012 at 10:50 PM (Answer #5)

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My first inclination would be to focus on medication and "pill-popping" and draw a parallel between the novel and the world we live in today.

Medicating ourselves is a way of life in the real world, at least to some degree, and this is a result of medical advances as well as a political/commercial re-definition of controlled substances (Prozac, Valium, Ibuprofen, etc.) as non-specialty, a-conditional drugs, open to anyone regardless of medical condition. 

This is an over-simplification of a wide-spread, complex phenomenon, but there is room, I think, for a connection to be made on this point.

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ladyylike | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 16, 2012 at 1:04 PM (Answer #6)

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At first i would like to say thank you for your help! :) Good Ideas! My Question is: How can i start this presentation to make it more interesting. I thought that i could start with a central question maybe. Does anybody have an idea for a central question?  Sorry but i dont know what to do with this topic. :( Thank you!

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