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Posted July 2, 2013 at 3:33 AM via web

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What is the State’s attitude toward marriage and personal relationships in Brave New World?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 2, 2013 at 9:28 AM (Answer #1)

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"Everyone belongs to everyone else" is one of the mottoes of the New World. At the early age of seven or eight, children are engaged in erotic play in Chapter 3, and they are conditioned to abhor the concept of human parents who have actually co-habited and had a baby in a live-birth--the natural way, procreation, that is obsolete in the New World where babies are mass produced in a Bokanovsky's Process, "one of the major instruments of social stabilty."

Later in a dressing room in the London Hatchery, Fanny tells Lenina,

"It's such horribly bad form to go out with one man for seven months."

Close personal relationships are not really acceptable; better to have three or four men at different times: "...you ought to be a little more promiscuous...." Lenina replies, "Yes, every one belongs to every one else....I'll make the effort."

In the New World, there is no individuality. By having small children learn that one person is the same as another, erotic relations are insignificant. And, by being promiscuous, no one man matters to the women. So, there are no disruptive attachments.

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