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by Aldous Huxley

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What is the atmosphere and setting of the opening chapter of "Brave New World"?

The opening chapter of Brave New World is a bleak portrayal of the human hatchery. The atmosphere of the hatchery has a cold, clinical feel to it as the society of the novel is revealed to embody a joyless, conformist set of values.

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The opening chapter of Huxley’s Brave New World is set in a human hatchery.

 “A squat grey building of only thirty-four stories. Over the main entrance the words, CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and, in a shield, the World State's motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY.”

These opening lines from the novel introduce the reader to some of the essential premise upon which the society of the novel is built – the systematic science of clinical, mechanized, and fully intentional human reproduction.  

The central ethos that animates the politics of the society is also indicated here in the final three terms, “COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY.” These three words reflect the aims and ideals of a society that values even-tempered, unreflective, simple joy above all else. And these specific values are precisely what Huxley’s novel calls into question as they are compared to the individuality, independence of mind and vivid emotional life of the Savage and Helmholtz later...

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