What is satire?
A piece of literature designed to ridicule the subject of the work.
While satire can be funny, its aim is not to amuse, but to arouse contempt.
A technique employed by writers to expose and criticize foolishness and corruption of an individual or a society by using humor, irony, exaggeration or ridicule. It intends to improve humanity by criticizing its follies and foibles.
A place or society that appears perfect in every way.
The government is perfect, working to improve society's standards of living rather than their own, social aspects of the community run perfectly.
There is no war or disease, only peace and happiness. Everyone outside this Utopian society looks to this place in wonder and awe, believing it is completely perfect in every such way.
“Manmade utopia is an oxymoron.” - Mike Duran
An imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives
Often times in novels what appears to be a Utopian society at first is actually revealed to be a Dystopian society.
The citizens are often revealed to live in terror, under complete control by the government, unaware of corrupt world in which they actually live in, or suppressed by the society as a whole.
Aldous Huxley was born into a prominent intellectual family in Godalming, England, in 1894.
After a serious illness left him partially blind as a youth, Huxley abandoned his dreams of becoming a scientist to pursue a literary career.
Huxley moved to the United States in 1937 and for the rest of his life maintained a prolific output of novels, nonfiction, screenplays and essays.
He died of cancer in Los Angeles, California, in 1963.
Wrote Brave New World in 1931-1932, around the time of the rise of the dictatorships of Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini.
Brave New World is a dark vision of the future, it is widely regarded as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century.
The Setting is 2540 AD; referred to in the novel as 632 years AF (“After Ford”), meaning 632 years after production of the first Model T car
Brave New World presents a future in which genetically engineered babies are produced on assembly lines, the social and economic divide between the haves and the have nots is legally enforced and discontent is quelled by advertising, medication, sexual encounters, and entertainment. Now, nearly a century from the novel’s publication, among its prophecies that have come to pass are the rise of dictatorial governments, in-vitro fertilization, genetic cloning, virtual reality, antidepressants and the invention of the helicopter.