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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Brave New World by: Aldous Huxley Analysis by: Sarah Gann Those who are different will be ostracized from society. Words are powerful. Helmholtz Watson John "The Savage" Repetition during Conditioning Allusion to Shakespearewith personificationof words and parallelism Bernard Marx "The mockery made him feel like an outsider; and feeling like an outsider he behaved like one,which increased the prejudice against him and intensified thecontempt and hostility arousedby his physical defects. Which in turn increased his sense of being alien and alone" (Huxley, 65). "That which made Helmholtzso uncomfortably aware ofbeing himself and all alonewas too much ability. What thetwo men shared was theknowledge that they wereindividuals" (Huxley, 67). "Ending is better than mending,ending is better than mending, ending is better... The more stitches the less riches, the more stitches..." (Huxley, 49). "If one's different, one's bound to be lonely. They're beastly to one" (John, 137). "Words can be like X-Rays ifyou use them properly-they'llgo through anything. You readand you're pierced. That's one of the things I try to teach mystudents- how to write piercingly" (Helmholtz, 70). "In his mind the words seemed to change their tone. They had mocked him throughhis misery and remorse, mockedhim with how hideous a note of cynical derision.... 'O Brave New World!" Miranda was proclaiming the possibility of transforming even the nightmare into something fine and noble" (Huxley, 210). Through Huxley's characterization of John,Bernard and Helmholtz, he reveals that being different causes one to be ostracized from society. Bernard is different in physicalappearance, Helmholtz is different due to mental ability, and John is different because of his parentage and ability to read. Due to their differences, no one in society is ableto understand them. Huxley incorporates different attributes for all three in order to revealthat differences are not all the same, but still result in a feeling of loneliness. Additionally,all three are more aware of societal issues than normal people, which separated them further from society. Even though Huxley's world is fiction, the way in which other characters treatthese three men is based on reality. While we do not think the "brainwashing" of the societyexists today, people are still viewed as strange ifthey have any differences and they feel alone.Huxley was portraying the loneliness that is seen when a person goes against societalnorms. Words are extremely important and Huxley reveals the power words can hold ineveryday life. The people of the new society, Helmholtz, and John are all affected bywords, but in different ways. In this new world, the repetition of words plays whilechildren sleep in order to solidify ideals thatthe Controllers believe are necessary. Byinvoking parallelism, Huxley adds to the overall effect the words have on the people,emphasizing their goals and making themdifficult to forget, achieving their purpose.Helmholtz's job is to write the propagandathat they want the people to believe, however he believes that words have a greater power. When Helmholtz writes his own poetry, he is shunned because his words have the ability to change people's thoughts, which would be detrimental to thesociety. John has not been affected by conditioning because he grew up on the Reservation, but words have been his comfort during his hard life. As the child of the only "civilized" woman on the Reservation, other children used to make fun of him. Once his mother taught him to read, John usedhis unique ability as a comfort. His book of Shakespeare was significant, as it taught himnot only how to read, but how to view theworld. When John is invited to travel to the Other Place, he describes it as 'O Brave New World" because he only knows how to expresshimself using Shakespeare's words. His description of this world is used as the title of the book and changes its connotation as he discovers the truth of this world. Alluding to Shakespeare allowed Huxley to show that words are timeless and powerful enoughto overcome attempts to vanquish themfrom the world. Throughout the novel, words are constantly personified inorder to reveal the powerful effect they can have on a person. Whether they are usedfor control or comfort, words are powerful. Both themes are constantly seen throughout the novel and interact with eachother. Helmholtz and John become further isolated from society as they areovercome with the power of words. While John was different in his parentage andhenceforth isolated, but once he learned to read, the gap was widened. Others on the reservation were unable to read and therefore his ability made him standout. As Helmholtz focused on writing, he slowly separated himself from society.Words became meaningful to him for more than persuasion and he became a "marked man" as he tried to share his wisdom of feelings to his students by reading them a poem. Because his students and fellow workers were unableto defy their conditioning and turn to the power of other words, they shunnedhis ideas and made him feel alone. Words are powerful, therefore when one isdeeply affected by them, they become a different person with different idealsthan the rest of society, causing them to be ostracized. Once someone is ostracized, words are a source of comfort for them, and the cycle continues.
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