Brave New World

Brave New World

Summary
The novel is set in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford). The world is ruled by World Controllers who ensure the stability of society. To do so, a caste system has been created, reaching from intelligent Alpha-Pluses to dwarfed and stupid Epsilons. A drug called soma ensures that no one ever feels pain or remains unhappy, and it is used by members of every caste. Social stability is further ensured through the use of conditioning. Each class is conditioned to love its type of work and its place in society.

The story begins with the Director of the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre giving a group of young students a tour through the buildings. They view the various techniques for producing more babies, as for instance the ?Bockanovsky Process?. Scientists take an ovary, remove and fertilize the eggs, force the eggs to bud up to ninety-six times and grow the embryos in bottles. After the babies are decanted from their bottles they are conditioned through Neo-Pavlovian conditioning and hypnopaedia. Conditioning is used to make them hate books and flowers and to teach them ?ethics?.
The World Controller of Western Europe, Mustapha Mond appears and gives the students a lecture about the

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