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Brave New World

by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World Essay - Critical Essays

Sample Essay Outlines

The following paper topics are based on the entire book. Following each topic is a thesis and sample outline. Use these as a starting point for your paper.

  • Topic #1
    In the foreword to his novel Aldous Huxley states, “The theme of Brave New World is not the advancement of science as such; it is the advancement of science as it affects individuals.” Demonstrate how the novel fulfills what Huxley says is his theme.

    Outline
    I. Thesis Statement: Science as it affects individuals is the theme of Brave New World.

    II. Science has replaced the family unit.
    A. Embryos are developed in bottles.
    B. Children are raised and conditioned by the State.

    III. Science has replaced religion.
    A. Religious symbolism has been reshaped to technological symbolism.
    B. Individuals have no reason for self-denial.

    IV. Science has provided safe outlets for human desires and
    emotions.
    A. Soma placates anger, hostility, and want.
    B. Genetic engineering allows only the intelligence necessary for each caste and sub-caste to fill its place in
    society.
    C. Violent Passion Surrogate and Pregnancy Substitutes control the more troublesome human desires.

  • Topic #2
    “The people who govern the Brave New World may not be sane (in what may be called the absolute sense of the word); but they are not madmen, and their aim is not anarchy, but social stability.” —Aldous Huxley

    Why is social stability judged to be so important? Illustrate with examples from the novel.

    Outline
    I. Thesis Statement: Societies that are stable within themselves do not have a reason for civil conflict or international war.

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(The entire section is 818 words.)