Give 3 examples of humor, sarcasm, and mockery used in Brave New World.

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Because the world we live in has shifted to be more like the one depicted in Brave New World, we tend to miss some of what would have been laugh-out-loud humor in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

For example, our world relies on a high level of consumption—a level that seems perfectly normal to us, as it does the citizens of the World State. However, England in the 1930s would have had far fewer consumer goods. It would have seemed absurd to people, even in the upper classes, not, for instance, to mend their clothing. Clothing was too expensive to throw or give away because of a rip or a tear. Therefore, they would have found over-the-top, nonsensical comedy in the idea of being conditioned to think that

Ending is better than mending. The more stitches the less riches. . . .

It would be like, in our culture, recommending abandoning a car and buying a new one over a flat tire.

Second, sexual mores were much stricter in the 1920s and 1930s than today. We would probably—at least in dominant...

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