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by Aldous Huxley

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How is the perception of home and family life an effective tool in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World? I also have to try and connect this to other literature, the world, and/or my life if you'd have any ideas about that.

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The society's basic perception of home and family life can greatly be expressed by Linda in chapter seven when she says, "And I was so ashamed. Just think of it: me, a Beta--having a baby: put yourself in my place" (140). Having a baby wasn't socially acceptable because it not only interfered with a person's life of fun, but produced a sense of unity between people that had been rejected in order to achieve personal happiness. By denying one's self the responsibility over family and children, they believe, personal happiness can more likely be achieved. Not only that, but if a woman has a baby, her body changes and is never the same young or enticing thing that it used to be. In a world where promiscuity is one of the most basic elements of happiness, having a baby would counter that physically and philosophically. Connections to other literature would be Lois Lowry'sThe Giver;and connections to the world might be the conflict between the bodies of magazine models vs. those of mothers and motherhood.

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