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by Aldous Huxley

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What is Huxley satirizing in "Brave New World?" Work on a clear thesis statement using supporting evidence from the text.

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Satire pokes fun at human weaknesses or social problems, often through exaggeration.

One social trend that Huxley satirizes in Brave New World is the growing emphasis on wasteful consumption in the 1930s. As more and more consumer goods became available and more and more people could afford to buy them, disposing rather than reusing goods was becoming possible for the masses in Huxley's England.

He satirizes this by envisioning a society in which people are required to constantly purchase new consumer goods and get rid of things quickly rather than reusing them. For example, betas like Lenina are conditioned to buy new clothes with such sayings as:

Ending is better than mending. The more stitches, the less riches

It would have been comical and over the top to think of throwing out torn clothes rather than mending them in Huxley's time.

Huxley also satirizes the growing sexual promiscuity of his time by envisioning a hook-up society in which people substitute a shallow sexuality for genuine...

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