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Chapter 11 Summary and Analysis

Chapter 11 Summary

Following the events of the previous chapter, the Director resigns, and John becomes a source of fascination for the upper caste elites. Linda, on the other hand, is treated like a monster and goes on a permanent soma holiday, which the doctor expects to kill her in a couple months. Realizing this, John protests, but is forced to accept it. He has, quite suddenly, become popular, and so has Bernard, who enjoys the fame of being guardian to "the Savage," as John is called. Bernard likes the attention and particularly likes the girls. He boasts about this to Helmholtz, whom he expects to be happy for him. Instead, Helmholtz expresses sadness for him, and Bernard vows to end the friendship. This will only be temporary, of course.

Bernard decides to introduce John to the civilized world. He throws parties, invites other people over to see him, and gives him a tour of London from a helicopter. Mustapha Mond doesn't like this sudden turn of events and even considers teaching Bernard a lesson, but decides against it. John, unimpressed by civilization and disappointed that no one seems to have read Shakespeare, grows despondent—that is, until he starts seeing Lenina, who has become a celebrity herself, by association. Together, they see a "feely" called Three Weeks in a Helicopter, about a black man who kidnaps a blonde woman and keeps her in his helicopter for—you guessed it—three weeks. Despite being enthralled by the physical sensations of the feely, John finds the movie base, even going so far as to tell Lenina she shouldn't watch it. When he doesn't come upstairs with her, she gets upset and has to take a gramme and a half of soma.

Chapter 11 Analysis

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Lucrezia Aguiari (1743 - 1783). An Italian coloratura soprano who had a vocal range spanning about three and a half octaves. In a letter, Leopold Mozart (father of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) expressed his astonishment and admiration for Aguiari, who had hit a seemingly impossible note: the C soprano acuto, an octave above the high C. Huxley alludes to Aguiari to show that synthetic music has reached dizzyingly virtuosic heights.

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. One of Shakespeare's more famous plays, The Merchant of Venice features the character Shylock, a moneylender who delivers the famous speech "Hath not a Jew eyes?" John thinks of the play in the Television Corporation's factory, where he sees boxes full of the day's soma rations. He asks, "What's in those...those caskets?" remembering how Portia, a character in the play, forced all her suitors to play a game where they picked one of three caskets in hopes of winning her heart.

Leopold Mozart (1719 - 1787). A German composer and conductor in his own right, Leopold was the father of the more famous Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791), who's widely considered one of the best composers to have ever lived. Mozart was in the audience when Lucrezia Aguiari hit the incredible C note that no other singer has ever achieved.

Othello by William Shakespeare.  This is another of Shakespeare's famous plays. Its title character is a Moor (a black man) who is manipulated into killing his wife, Desdemona. John is reminded of Othello by the black man in the feely that he and Lenina see. The film's plot (of a black man forgetting himself and hurting a woman that he loves) is...

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