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Within which literature genre would you classify Brave New World? Dystopian story? What...

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kamerir | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 6, 2009 at 6:53 PM via web

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Within which literature genre would you classify Brave New World? Dystopian story? What are typical elements for it?

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mr-robitaille | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 6, 2009 at 9:14 PM (Answer #1)

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Brave New World is definitely a dytopian novel. This genre often appears within the larger science fiction genre, and features an imaginary (usually future) society which demonstrates the catastrophic outcome of some present-day trend. In this case, BNW features a society which has been completely given over to technology and pleasure. Aldous Huxley was clearly commenting on the modern trend to move away from nature towards a more artificial life dominated by sensual pleasure. He seems to have believed that our giving ourselves over to pleasure robs us of a certain spirituality, without which our lives will lose meaning and we will become the mere tools of our rulers.

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