How is sarcasm used in Brave New World?

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sagetrieb eNotes educator| Certified Educator

"Ending is better than ending" is one of my favorite official platitudes from that novel, and it, as with so many, is replete with sarcasm in the form of irony, all directed toward the culture of the reader rather than toward the characters in the novel.

A link to questions and answers about this topic in Brave New World provides some specific answers.  Jamie addressed this a while ago with this answer: 

"From Chapter 3: "Imagine the folly of allowing people to play elaborate games which do nothing whatever to increase consumption. It’s madness. Nowadays the Controllers won’t approve of any new game unless it can be shown that it requires at least as much apparatus as the most complicated of existing games." This quote encompasses all three of your criteria: humor, sarcasm, and mockery. It's meaning is that if we don't consume, the government doesn't improve and the society doesn't "win." (Sound familiar in this post 9/11 world??)

From Chapter 17: "Christianity without tears— that’s what soma is." This is an example of mockery. Huxley does not believe that religion should be without some sadness and guilt. "Soma" removes these uncomfortable feelings, making religion watered down and unreal."

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