Questions tagged [aldous-huxley]

Questions related to the English writer Aldous Huxley (1894 – 1963) and his work, which includes novels such as Brave New World and Eyeless in Gaza, non-fiction works such as The Doors of Perception, and short stories, poetry and essays.

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What does Aldous Huxley mean by 'death control is achieved very easily'?

In chapter I of Brave New World Revisited, Aldous Huxley writes: […] there are nowhere any religious traditions in favor of unrestricted death, whereas religious and social traditions in favor ...
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Are there female Alphas?

All of the Alpha characters I can think of--Bernard, Helmholtz, Mustapha Mond, the DHC, Henry Foster--are men. And none of the female characters seem to be Alphas. Lenina is probably a Beta. Linda is ...
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In Brave New World, If Lenina is a beta, why does she wear green?

I never quite understood why Lenina wears green if she is a beta, since betas don't wear green.
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In Huxley's Island, what is a “bass thurible?”

And now incense was burned in a bass thurible. The old priest held up his two hands for silence, and through a long pregnant time of the most perfect stillness the thread of gray incense smoke ...
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In Brave New World, why are some people not sterile?

In Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, natural means of reproduction are no longer necessary and most of the population is sterile. Why would the government choose to have some people remain fertile? A ...
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Symbolism of Marx and Lenina's names in Huxley's Brave New World?

Reading Brave New World it seemed obvious to me that Bernard Marx and Lenina Crowne are in some way referring to Marx and Lenin, but I couldn't figure out any clue to support this claim. Is it truly ...
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In Brave New World, what caste is Lenina Crowne?

In Brave New World, there is an extensive caste system. However, Lenina's caste is never explicitly pointed out. She is important to many of the male characters in the book, each belonging to a ...