What are the details from Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of A Brave New World?Why are some females allowed a normal, sexual development? What percentage?What had happened when the maturation process had...

What are the details from Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of A Brave New World?

Why are some females allowed a normal, sexual development? What percentage?

What had happened when the maturation process had been shortened?

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timbrady | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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One of the most important ideas in these chapters centers around the application of the principles of mass production and human reproduction.  The endless references to "Our Ford" remind us of his application of the assembly line to manufacturing.  The first two chapters of the novel take Ford's discovery and link it to birth ... so much so that the trip down the assembly line is made to echo the more "normal" trip through the birth canal.  The normal, if somewhat uncontrolled or random birth process, has been replaced by a totally controlled, totally planned "scientific" process.

This is the Brave New World where nothing happens without a purpose, even though they do not know enough science to make sure it works all the time.  From the very beginning of life, the trip through the imaginary birth canal, control is the main issue.

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If some of the females in the civilization were not allowed to continue to develop sexually, society would have no way of continuing on. These females were offered money to denote their ovaries for the purpose of reproduction. Thirty percent of the women in the novel are allowed to mature as a result.

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