These will become sterile females, or freemartins. The embryos are conditioned in numerous ways while on the conveyer belts: those destined to become Epsilons and Deltas are given less oxygen, thus stunting their neurological and physical growth. Pilkington was able to manufacture individuals who were sexually mature at four and physically-mature at six and a half. The tour group comes upon a particularly pretty nurse with whom Henry is acquainted; he introduces the students to Lenina Crowne.
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In the interest of time, however, the Director prevents the students and the readers from viewing that conditioning, thus denying us the knowledge of such procedures. One recalls his statement above that while one must be given some sort of general idea of the whole, it is dangerous for individuals to focus too much on generalities.
Perhaps the students and by extension, the reader has been given as much of an overview of fertilization and embryonic development as is safe for their limited intellectual development. While chapter 1 focuses on the conditioning and development of individual embryos, chapter 2 moves on to describe the further socialization of decanted human beings. The first stop is in the Neo-Pavlovian Conditioning Rooms, where infants are conditioned to associate certain objects with fear, thus guaranteeing their dislike of said object throughout their adult life.
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This method of conditioning draws 24 from the work of Ivan Pavlov, a Russian scientist of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The students follow the Director into a large sunny room in which a handful of nurses are setting out bowls of roses in a long row across the middle of the room. The screaming of the babies suddenly changed its tone. There was something desperate, almost insane, about the sharp spasmodic yelps to which they now gave utterance. Their little bodies twitched and stiffened; their limbs moved jerkily as if to the tug of unseen wires.
After the alarms and electricity cease, the children are again offered the books and roses, but this time they are terrified by the sight. This exercise will be repeated two hundred times while the infants are in the nursery, forever linking terror and pain with books and flowers. A love of nature keeps no factories busy.
However, it was not long before another, more economically sound method was developed to lure the people into consuming mass transport into the country.
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At the same time, we see to it that all country sports entail the use of elaborate apparatus. So that they consume manufactured articles as well as transport. The students are embarrassed by the thought of viviparous reproduction i. But then most historical facts are unpleasant For you must remember that in those days of gross viviparous reproduction, children were always brought up their parents and not in State Conditioning Centres. The Director leads the students into another room, a dormitory filled with eighty Beta boys and girls sleeping in cots.
And then we are much better than the Gammas and Deltas. Gammas are stupid.
They all wear green, and Delta children wear khaki. And Epsilons are still worse. Besides they wear black, which is such a beastly colour. This lesson will be repeated times per week for thirty months, over 15, times in total. Furthermore, this is only one of many different lessons hynopaedically taught to the children as they 27 mature.
The mind that judges and desires and decides—made up of these suggestions.
But all these suggestions are our suggestions! Each story follows a character and will be referred to as plots 1, 2, and 3 numbered according to the order in which each plot is introduced. The chapter jumps between the three stories throughout; by the end of the chapter, it is rare that two consecutive sentences follow the same plot. For this summary, I have mapped each plotline as though it were independent, and here I will track each separately.
It is important to remember, however, that the stories are happening at the same time. By constantly demonstrating the temporal location of each story in relation to the other two, Huxley is able to draw connections and contrasts between them. The tour skips to another location, now on the playground outside of the Hatchery in plot 1. Hundreds of children are playing games such as Centrifugal Bumble-puppy, which of course requires a massive amount of apparatus to play, therefore increasing consumption as well as providing entertainment.
The students watch a nurse pull a crying young boy out from behind a bush, followed by a concerned young girl. The nurse explains that she is taking the boy to the psychology department because he is reluctant to join in the expected erotic play. The Director comforts the girl, Polly Trotsky, and sends her back to play. Bibles, poetry—Ford knew what.
No air, no space; an understerilized prison; darkness, disease, and smells Husbands, wives, lovers. There were also monogamy and romance.
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Above all, they are instructive in meaning, neat in form, and easy to remember. This lack of ownership, Mond explains, allows an infinite number of outlets for emotions, effectively reducing the magnitude of any one feeling. High spurts in the fountain; fierce and foamy the wild jet. The urge has but a single outlet No wonder these pre-moderns were mad and wicked and miserable What with mothers and lovers, what with the prohibitions they were not conditioned to obey And feeling strongly and strongly, what was more, in solitude, in hopelessly individual isolation , how could they be stable?
Essentially, Mond argues that all fierce emotion painful and pleasurable chips away at individual and by extension, societal stability. Mond lectures the students and conveniently, the reader as well in the birth of the World State, a birth that was not at all peaceful.
Following this armageddon was the great Economic Collapse, leading to a final choice between total destruction or World Control, between stability or chaos. Shocking the world by its violence and destruction, the War was followed by severe economic problems that showed no signs of easing in , when Brave New World was published. It took time, however, for the new government to take hold. The original Controllers attempted to change the social fabric by force, beginning with the conscription of consumption.
Yes, actually to culture. The last hurdle the new State had to overcome was the victory over old age. Work, play—at sixty our powers and tastes are what they were at seventeen. Old men in the bad old days used to renounce, retire, take to religion, spend their time reading, thinking—thinking! As Mond finishes his lecture on old age, two children approach him the tour is still on the playground.
Go away, little boy! Go and do you erotic play somewhere else. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
Wonderfully pneumatic. During this discussion, the ignored third man in the elevator, Bernard Marx, listens. He is contemptuous of them as they discuss the Feelies, but turns pale when Henry mentions Lenina. Have her here, have her there. Like mutton. Degrading her to so much mutton. In this society, which is based wholly upon conformity, what happens to those who are unique?
How do they behave toward society? And of course, how does their society deal with them? These questions are more clearly explored later in the novel. Henry comments on how glum Marx looks, and offers him a gramme of soma. This occurs near the end of the chapter, by which point the different plots are textually layered so that the reader, by alternating between them, is essentially reading them simultaneously which is, of course, how they are happening.
The third plot revolves around Lenina, beginning again at the shift-change.