Brave New World

Chapter 17 - Why is there no God in the World State?

Guiding Ideas

- people must give up their freedoms to live in blissful ignorance (Vincent)

- if people were allowed to think for themselves it would throw off the whole happiness that was specifically made for their society (Kristin)

- if they don’t know what liberty is then they don’t have to think of what it’s like to be an individual (Luke)

- they have soma and think that soma will fix everything (Michaela)

- happiness overrules liberty (Jake)

- if people could think for themselves people might be unhappy (Sabrina)

Quote or Connection 1

Quote or Connection 2

What is the point of 1 OR 2?


“But God doesn’t change.”

“Men do, though.”

1: God’s purpose won’t change, but societies are always altering their beliefs


Cardinal Newman: We did not make ourselves, we cannot be supreme over ourselves

Maine de Biran: A man grows old; he feels in himself... the advance of old age


Cardinal Newman: We inevitably turn to God

Cardinal Newman: You can only be independent of God while you’ve got youth and prosperity; independence won’t take you safely to the end


MM: God isn’t compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness. You must make your choice.

MM: Well, he manifests himself as an absence; as though he weren’t there at all


Erica: people should not have liberty because the people have everything they need (Erica)

MM: People are never alone now.


MM: It would upset the whole social order if men started doing things on their own


MM: Industrial civilization is only possible when there’s no self-denial


John critiques the World State for “getting rid of everything unpleasant instead of learning to put up with it


John: I’m claiming the right to be unhappy

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Open Response

In works of literature,characters often struggle with problems bigger than themselves. In Chapter 17 of Brave New World, John and Mustapha Mond discuss religion, God, and man’s right to happiness (or unhappiness). Consider their conversation and answer the question ‘Why is there no God in the World State?’























































Grading Rubric

0 – incorrect, irrelevant, or contains insufficient evidence with little or no examples or explanation

1 – exhibits varying degrees of clarity, largely inaccurate examples incorporating general information without explanation

2 – partial, possibly unclear examples, explanation that offers either a mix of accurate and inaccurate examples

3 – mostly complete, clear, and accurate explanation presented through specific examples and some explanation

4 – complete, clear, and accurate explanation presented through specific examples and explanation