"Community, Identity, Stability"—how is each achieved in Brave New World?

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Community is all important to the World State. A vital motto or "proverb," taught to all children as they sleep, is "every one belongs to every one else." This concept is foundational to the society. Marriage and family are banned because they separate people into self-involved, isolated units. Early in the book, Lenina is seen as potentially deviant for staying too long with one boyfriend because it is considered abnormal to be exclusively devoted to a single partner. Community orgies, which substitute for religion, reinforce the concept of everyone belonging to everyone else, as does conditioning that puts people in solidarity with their own caste.

Identity is achieved through conformity. Not only does everyone belong to everyone else, everyone is expected to behave exactly like the other people in his or her caste. In the lower castes, this sense of identity is reinforced by creating as many identical people as possible from one fertilized egg. From earliest birth in any caste,...

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