What are the key events and places in Brave New World?

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The key places in Brave New World are London, the World State, and the Savage Reservation. The World State is a dictatorship that rose after the Nine Years' War, and the Savage Reservation contrasts with the controlled culture of the World State. Major events include Bernard and Lenina's travel to the Savage Reservation, the discovery of Linda and her son John, their relocation to London, John's failed relationship with Lenina, Linda's death, John's conversations with Controller Mond, and John's suicide.

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The most important places names in the novel are London, the World State, and the Savage Reservation. London and its near environs are where much of the story takes place. London is an important hub of the World State, which is a benevolent dictatorship that arose after the Nine Years' war. This war is a significant background event that led people to be willing to give up their freedom in exchange for security and material prosperity.

The novel contrasts the bright, clean, controlled, and carefully conditioned consumeristic culture of the World State's London with the seeming chaos, dirt, ugliness, violence, and passion of the Savage Reservation. The novel pivots on the contrasts between the two places and, especially, on the cultural conflict that arises when John the Savage, raised on a mixture of Shakespearean and Native American morality, clashes with the sterile ethics of the World State.

The most important events in the novel are Bernard and Lenina's travel to the Savage Reservation, an unusual event that requires special approval; the discovery of the long-lost World State Londoner Linda and her now young adult child, John; and their relocation to London. Other important events include John's being used as an exotic display in London society, his misfires with establishing a relationship with Lenina, Linda's death, John's conversations with Controller Mond, and John's eventual suicide.

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There are a lot of important events that happen in Brave New World.  I'll try and pick 15 or so that I feel are the most important in terms of plot and background.  I will keep my list in chronological order and bold some of the key locations.  

  1. The Nine Years' War happens, and it destroys many people and the world economy.  
  2. The era of Our Ford begins. 
  3. The book begins with students having a guided tour of a London "hatchery" and "conditioning center."   These are the locations where new members of society are cloned/created and then conditioned into 5 separate castes.  The people are conditioned through a combination of genetic engineering, brainwashing, and operant conditioning.  
  4. Bernard and Lenina visit the Savage Reservation. This is an area of the world that hasn't adopted the new world order. 
  5. While at the Savage Reservation, Bernard and Lenina meet John.  Bernard figures out that John's mother is the lost lover of the Director. 
  6. John and Linda return with Bernard and Lenina to the "brave new world."
  7. Bernard avoids exile by causing the Director to resign. 
  8. John becomes incredibly famous, and Bernard does too because of his association with John.  
  9. Bernard's social status is ruined because John refuses to meet guests at one of Bernard's social gatherings.  
  10. Linda is dying in the hospital, and John goes to visit her.  She dies while he is there.  The cause of death was a soma overdose. 
  11. John is distraught over Linda's death and begins destroying the soma that a group of Deltas are waiting to get.  This starts a riot.  
  12. Bernard and Helmholtz rescue John from the rioting crowd; however, all three men are arrested and brought to Mustapha Mond’s office.  
  13. Bernard and Helmholtz are both exiled to an island.  Bernard is not happy about it, but Helmholtz is excited.  John is not allowed to go into exile. 
  14. John tries to escape as much of civilization as possible by living in a lighthouse in Surrey.  “Anywhere. I don’t care. So long as I can be alone.”
  15. John commits suicide. 
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  • Places: Central Hatchery and Conditioning Centre, the Fertilizing Room, Savage Reservation in New Mexico, Malapais, the Fordson Community Singery (Solidarity Service day), the Propaganda House, the Crematorium, Lake District of England/ English Channel, Electrical Equipment Corporation, Park Lane Hospital for the Dying, the Nine Years' War, the Crematorium
  • Elements:  Ford Years, soma, mottos such as "Community, Identity, Stability" and "Everyone belongs to everyone else," Bokanovsky Process, hypnopaedia, freemartin, Pregnancy Substitute, Obstacle Golf, Solidarity Groups
  • Most important events:  The touring of the Hatchery, Bernard and Lenina's date, the Solidarity Service, the trip to the Reservation, John's story, the return to London, , Bernard's boastful display of the Savage, Bernard's introduction of the Savage to the World Controller, Bernard's humiliation, John the Savage's encounters with Lenina and their date at the feelies, Linda's dying in the hospital, the Deputy Sub-Bursar and the distribution of soma, the riot police and soma spray. Mustapha Mond's interview with Bernard, Helmholtz, and the Savage, the exiling of Bernard and Helmholtz, the exile of the Savage and his suicide.

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