€Brave New World
23 - ½ day
8 - MARKS CLOSE
Humanity Narrative Due
Celebration of Humanity
B PERIOD FINAL
Last Day of School
- 20 pages
- 6pg process writing
- 3 EdCafes
Brave New World EdCafe #1 Thursday, May 10
Ignorance is Bliss
As humans, we have different ways of escaping reality. In Brave New World, there is only one enforced escape, soma. While humans and society use drugs today as a means to escape, why take out the positive escapes such as art, music, writing etc? Compare and contrast escapism between today’s society and Brave New World. (Marisa)
Different societies can live without technology - why can’t we?
Are people really happy in this community or are they forced to act happy? I feel as though it is healthy to be sad sometimes but in Brave New World everyone is always happy, and they take soma to stay happy. So my question is, is this true happiness? And is it healthy to feel sad sometimes?
Some people aren’t happy being with more than one person. If you’re not happy, you don’t know what other feeling to show.
In Brave New World, the idea of marriage is not socially accepted. Why is society afraid to allow relationships? is society afraid that balance between people will be thrown off balance with the creation of families, so instead they preferred to make sleeping with others common place?. This is what the discussion will be about. (Bonny)
Marriage brings on more responsibilities and trust with one person - in Brave New World we can’t have either.
Both Bernard and Helmholtz are different from everyone else. Bernard is physically stunted and smart, while Helmholtz is slightly too intelligent as well. They both realize that they don’t fit in and are individuals. Is their superior knowledge a good or bad thing?
“I feel like I could do something much more important...more intense, more violent.”
Sex was almost a distraction to keep you from thinking.
In chapter 3 when the young boy begins to cry in the bushes he is immediately taken to see a psychologist. It is as if emotions are a “sin” never to be felt as if they are a disease. What do you think about the non-emotions and the children getting together at such a young age? (Alyssa)
America’s Declaration of Independence was founded on the idea that every human is “endowed by their creator with certain inalienable right, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. But what happens when every human is physically not born equal, and not by a divine creator. Does the government count as the creator, are/ will the rights be upheld, and is it necessary to still achieve these rights. (Will)
In Brave New World, people are conditioned to behave a certain way and enjoy certain environments from the time they are an embryo. “Liking what you do is the secret of happiness” We believe that today, but we are given choices. Many people still end up unhappy with choices they made. Does having choices taken away from you make you happy? If there is no other option will you be happy where you are? (Allie)
In Brave New World many of the society’s morals and lessons are taught through hypnopaedia. Are lessons that are taught through this form of learning an instinct that universal through humanity, or is it through the sleep teaching that these lessons are learned? Without these lessons would they still know about the morals that society had created? (Rachael)
Brave New World EdCafe #2 Friday, May 11
The government that serves as the “overseers” in Brave New World have asserted much effort into ensuring the happiness of the entire population. Via drugs like soma, encouraged free roaming intercourse, and repetition of the phrase, “Everyone is happy now. (p. 75)” over thousands of times, all caste members at all levels are brain-washed. Could it be that the Government is merely safeguarding a joyous future, or hiding a powerful secret? (Tim E.)
Happiness brings everyone together. If people weren’t happy, they could rebel and ruin the efficiency.
Would you want to live in Brave New World?
- Discussing the pros and cons of the society created in the first few chapters.
Current opinion is that it’s not that bad. Only drawback is can’t feel emotion.
Can people be genuinely happy if they never experience sadness. In a world where “soma” provides an escape from sadness, how will these people ever know what true happiness is. Without experiencing sadness, one cannot experience happiness.
(The One and Only Greg Costello)
Happiness is like hot and cold - can’t have one without the other. WS wants you to mask any unhappiness and makes ‘happiness’ really easy to get.
If hypnopaedia had been effective for learning facts and lessons, what would the World State be like? Would the humans (or pawns, rather) have any control over themselves at that point? Or would the system have totally flipped itself inside out with this robotic knowledge? (Jess)
How get to this point?
The Human Commodity
In Brave New World, humans are mass produced and raised with only one real purpose in the World State. These people are looked at as almost expendable, death only presenting a way for the body to be used in the production of phosphorus. Would you even consider these people to be human, or merely a tool at the hands of a corrupt society?
People can’t think for themselves so they’re puppets of the state.
The Pursuit of Happiness
Will had mentioned in class today about the rights we have in this country, including the pursuit of happiness. If the people in Brave New World are created to be at a constant state of “happiness” and contentment, and never have to face any challenges, are they given that right or is it taken away from them? (Holly)
Sadness and true happiness are a true scale. Stuck at a median -
Whats the relationship between our two society’s? Are they somewhat the same, or far from it? Whats society’s role on both of the worlds? (Kayla)
Both societies have emphasis on escapism through drugs.
Architects of Society
as we begin our reading of BNW, we can see how the society in the book is set up. So, I would like to discuss how the leaders of their Society and ours, endeavour to construct society. DO WE CREATE SOCIETY TO OUR STANDARDS, OR DO OUR LEADERS MANIPULATE US TO THEIR GOALS AND BELIEFS? - Samuel
If we create our own society, why do we conform to it? What are societal norms?
In Brave New World, there are no families. Exclusive relationships are taboo. Since the people are conditioned not to have true relationships, are the emotions felt by the characters authentic, or are they artificial?
In the book being promiscuous is encouraged and thought of as something to make you happy. In today’s society, with shows like jersey shore and 16 and pregnant, is being promiscuous encouraged and is it okay to have many sex partners? Why? -Kelsie
In Brave New World, humans are described as lacking emotions which if found present are treated as a disease, so is it really the physical attributes that define our place as humans or mental capabilities as well?
In Ch3 - Lenina was criticized for being with only one person -what is rebellion, and can you be truly rebellious?