In the novel Brave New World, how does the author make reference to social criticism?

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The novel Brave New World takes many social values to their extreme in order to show the cruelty that motivates them, and in this way, it stands as a work of social commentary. For instance, the birthing system is an extension of eugenics, which was a popular movement at the time. The portrayal of this process in the novel emphasizes the ways that eugenics seeks to determine the weakest members of society, not so that it can make society strong, but rather because capitalist society requires a weak underclass of workers. In Brave New World, this means interfering with the development process of children in order to handicap them—something that can be compared to systems of poverty and segregated schooling when the novel was written and still to this day.

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Huxley, writing in the early 1930s, critiques social trends that put security and materialism ahead of such human values as deep, passionate bonding with another person, sacrifice, and creativity.

Huxley uses satire to poke fun at the...

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