Using pages 22 - 24 how does Huxley's use of satire expose the shortcomings of his futuristic society?Beginning with "One of the students held up his hand" and ending with "But then most historical...

Using pages 22 - 24 how does Huxley's use of satire expose the shortcomings of his futuristic society?

Beginning with "One of the students held up his hand" and ending with "But then most historical facts are unpleasant"

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Remember that satire uses humor and wit with a critical attitude to denounce the faults of an institution or mankind's activities. In these pages, Huxley has the director mocking the fact that people used to be born by their mothers rather than created in a test tube. As the director scoffs at our society, therein the reader can scoff back, or remain in shock, whichever succeeds more. Satire is supposed to make the reader uncomfortable so that the position of the author can be firmly undertood, even though the means might be a bit uneasy to accept at first.  A disconnect between our world and Huxley's world is created as the director mocks the word "mother" and declares it an "unpleasant fact" (24). Revealed through the director are the thoughts and feelings of the future society engrossed in assembly-line baby- making. The world is full of self-pleasure and lack of responsibility to others; the complete opposite of the world in which we live right now. 

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