How has Ford, Freud, Darwin, and Marx changed the future, changed world's view on god, on man?Please somewhat also relate it to Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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James Kelley | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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I like pohnpei397's comments about how Henry Ford and the concept of mass production can be applied to Brave New World, and I want to add some thoughts about how some of the other great names that you give may be applied to the novel.

Marx has perhaps the most obvious application. The novel depicts the purposeful creation of classes and even class conflict (or, at the very least, a ranking of classes) in order to have a highly functioning social system with no dissent or potential for revolution.

Freud's theories of the unconscious may perhaps apply to the mechanism of sleep-teaching in the novel.

I wish I could say more, but it's been years since I last read this great novel. I look forward to what other posters might have to say.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I suppose you could say that Henry Ford (at least as a symbol for assembly lines in general) has changed the world's view of human beings.

Henry Ford is a symbol of the whole move towards more and more regimentation in workplaces that was going on in the first half of the 20th century.  You can see how that would change people's attitudes towards human beings.  You can argue that having people working on assembly lines (rather than making things themselves) makes them less like individuals and more like faceless machines.

This vision of human beings is clearly seen in Huxley's book.  Human individuality is being taken away and humans are being mass produced and made to be as nearly identical to one another as possible.

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