What Are The Meaning Of Some Names In Brave New World?My teacher says that in every book, no name is without a meaning or purpose, and recently my class has started reading Brave New World, all...

What Are The Meaning Of Some Names In Brave New World?

My teacher says that in every book, no name is without a meaning or purpose, and recently my class has started reading Brave New World, all those names got me wondering.....

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bigdreams1 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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More than most novels, Huxley uses historically significant names to give the flavor of the personality of the characters in Brave New World. Let's take a look at some of the main characters and see why they were probably given the names that they were. Remember that none of this is for sure, since we cannot ask Mr. Huxley, however the following explanations seem plausible.

Lenina Crowne may be a form of the communist leader Lenin, and we all know that communism promotes conformity of the people. John Crowne was a dramtist who specialized in romantic love. Lenina starts as a conformist and ends up falling in love with John.

John may be taken from the biblical John the Baptist, who was a prophet who fortold the coming of a new age (much as John revealed the flaws in the Brave New World). Savage was a last name given him because  he lived among the savages.

Bernard Marx's name may come from George Bernard Shaw who believed in socialism and women's rights ( Bernard disliked women being treated like meat).  His last name may come from Karl Marx (the founder of communism) who believed the lower classes would someday overthrow the oppresive ruling class.

Mustafa Mond may come from many leaders from the East who were named Mustafa, and Mond (which translates "world" from the French). The fictional Mustafa's last name, Mond, means "world" in French.

Helmholtz Watson may be a combination of a famous physcist and scientist who conducted experiments similar to the baby roses and books one in Brave New World.

See the link provided for a more comprehensive list.

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