Brave New World Questions and Answers
by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World book cover
Start Your Free Trial

Is Huxley's purpose in writing Brave New World important/meaningful? Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.

Expert Answers info

mwestwood eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2006

write16,150 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

It is interesting to consider that Huxley wrote Brave New World in 1931 during the Great Depression in America which affected his native England and other countries, a period not unlike what the current economic situation is in the USA today.  Also of much interest are these prophetic words that Huxley wrote in Brave New World Revisited:

Only the vigilant can maintain their liberties, and only those who are constantly and intelligenltly on the spot can hope to govern themselves effectively by democratic procedures.  A society, most of whose members spend a great part of their time, not on the spot, not here and not in the calculable future, but somewhere else, in the irrelevant other worlds of sport and soap opera [ed:  he knew nothing of the internet], of mythology and metaphysical fantasy, will find it hard to resist the encroachments of those who would manipulate and control it.

Most ironically, shortly after Huxley's novel was published, Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin and Mao...

(The entire section contains 490 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

check Approved by eNotes Editorial