What is the World State's motto in Aldous Huxley's novel Brave New World?

Expert Answers
appletrees eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The World State's motto, as stated in the opening lines of Aldous Huxley's dystopian novel Brave New World, is "Community, Identity, Stability." The premise of the novel is the creation of a carefully engineered and designed race and society of people. There are a number of different groups (the Alphas, Betas, Deltas, and so on) that have specific qualities and are discouraged from intermingling. It has been said that these groups are, variously, a metaphorical representation of different races, or of different social classes.

The novel's title is drawn from a Shakespeare play, The Tempest, in which a young woman (Miranda) kept isolated on an island for her entire childhood finally sees a group of adult males, sailors brought there by a shipwreck caused by storm her father (Prospero the magician) creates, and says "O brave new world, that has such people in't!" Huxley may have chosen this title to reflect Miranda's joyful discovery of the world of men, a concept which is twisted in his novel to portray the depths of manipulation and tyranny men are capable of.

Read the study guide:
Brave New World

Access hundreds of thousands of answers with a free trial.

Start Free Trial
Ask a Question