Monday, November 12, 2012

Lame Dialectical Journals #1


Brave New World Dialectical Journals

Dialectical Journal #1

He quoted the planetary motto. “Community, Identity, Stability.” Grand words. (Page 7)

The motto is ironic, because during this process, all identity is taken away from people. For each person, there are at least ninety-five identical copies of him or her.
On top of that, the people are more likely to be a happy community because people who are similar are more likely to get along. The world would seem more stable because of the similarities of people.

Dialectical Journal #2

“But in Epsilons,” said Mr. Foster very justly, “we don’t need human intelligence.”
(Page 15)

Throughout the book, they refer to people as Alphas, Betas, Deltas, Epsilons. This is an allusion to the Greek Alphabet. Alphas are the best class, and Epsilons are the lowest form of humans. People are bred to be smart or stupid in this book. Epsilons were created to derive joy from participating in simple activities, such as operating elevators.

Dialectical Journal #3
“That is the secret of happiness and virtue–liking what you’ve got to do. All conditioning aims at is that: making people like their un-escapable social destiny.” (Page 16)

Call me crazy, but I actually like this quote. They honestly believe that being forced into liking something is the best way to live, and I find that fascinating. Most people would not admit something like that, but this director is honest about the brainwashing.

Dialectical Journal #4

“Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre” (Page 1)

A hatchery? For people? This book is crazy! Who even comes up with this stuff?! The process of hatching the people (splitting the egg) is rather fascinating. Its weird how they make people dumber or smarter.

2 comments:

  1. Rosalie - these entries are terrible. Yes, you can go further in the analysis of what this mean, and you could pick out symbols, allusions or other things that relate to higher levels of thinking, but you have picked out some good quotes and you are asking questions.

    As far as the hatchery, think about the reinforcement of people = animals. What do we use hatcheries for today? Make a connection. What is Hulxley trying to say

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    1. I meant that the entries "aren't terrible". I would not tell you that they were terrible. I would just tell you to redo them.

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