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What is the significance of choosing Henry Ford as God in "Brave New World"?

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reesieladii | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 7, 2012 at 11:59 AM via web

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What is the significance of choosing Henry Ford as God in "Brave New World"?

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tinicraw | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted February 10, 2012 at 2:22 AM (Answer #1)

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Near the end of the book, the Savage and Mustapha Mond, one of the few controllers of the world, have a discussion about God. It is at this point that many of the peculiarities of Huxley's world are exposed. Mond shows the Savage the Bible and other old texts that are not used anymore because they are old and have nothing to do with science, machinery, and the State's view of how man achieves happiness. To the State, Ford is a God because he is modern and has applied the principles of science and machinery to life which adds to the happiness of humankind. The God of the Bible, on the other hand, "manifests himself as an absence; as though he weren't there at all," says Mond; therefore, God is useless to them and Ford i useful (281).

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