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Romeo and Juliet: Chapters 1 – 7 quotes

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Chapter 1 – Quotes

“A squat grey building of only thirty-four stories” pg.1

This is the opening line of the novel and it paints a picture of what the city is like. It is grey meaning there is no life and individuality, it is quite dull and that the building being “only” thirty-four stories high indicates that it is a smaller building compared to those that surround it and that this world is dissimilar to what we have at present.

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“Community, Identity, Stability” pg.1

This is the motto of this brave new world. Community through one another working hand in hand and applying themselves fully at whatever job they have been assigned to undergo. Identity of each human being known as either an Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Deltas or Epsilon. And finally, stability within the brave new world through each type of human knowing their role within the process and that there will be no unhappiness within the humans.

“Cold for all the summers beyond the panes, for all the tropical heat of the room itself” pg.1

Here we see the artificial nature of the brave new world. There is no heat emitted throughout highlighting the fact that the humans in the world are somewhat artificial too. The rooms are not heated through a natural process although it is all done through machinery and if not even summer would be a cold season.

“Hands gloved with a pale corpse-coloured rubber. The light frozen, dead, a ghost.” pg.1

This provides another insight into the world which has been created through the various processes and techniques that have been implemented in the brave new world. It shows that there is no uniqueness within the community and that everyone is if they are dead and that they is no actual life.

“For particulars, as everyone knows, make for virtue and happiness; generalities are intellectually necessary evils” pg.2

This shows that everybody within the brave new world has been made for a singular purpose and that they can only fulfill that purpose. Liking what you are doing provides virtue and happiness and so there are particulars although having generalities and room for potential and ability to rise above others is evil. This is the message that the director provides the students to show that this is the best way forward and that the way it was carried out ‘before-Ford’ was a problem to all.

“Year of stability A.F 632” pg.2

The director talking to the students, always refers to what they are doing as the “year of stability”, the year were the process of what they are doing to create a brave new world stabilizes and continues to bring well-being to those brought up with it. A.F stands for “After-Ford”, the creator of the Ford T-Model, and the dates are based on around him.

“Alphas and Betas remained until definitely bottled; while the Gammas, Deltas and Epsilons were brought out again” pg.3

This is the process that was applied to the various embryos to determine the intellectual capabilities of each individual. The more oxygen a type received the higher their intelligence would be so that is why the alphas and betas, the smarter humans, would remain with oxygen while the Gammas, Deltas and Epsilons would only have a certain amount of time with oxygen as they were not required to do high intellectual jobs.

“But a bokanovskified egg will bud, will proliferate, and will divide. From eight to ninety-six buds and every bud will grow into a perfectly formed embryo, and every embryo into a full-sized adult. Making ninety-six human beings grow where only one grew before. Progress” pg.3-4

Yet again the director tells the students of his beloved process which form adults which they see at present. In a normal process, eggs will bud and form one embryo to form a full-sized adult although in the brave new world, a Bokanovsky egg due to scientific enchantments, are able to produce over ninety adults. This shows that there has been significant advancements in the human race and that they believe that progress is the key.

“‘Bokanovsky’s Process is one of the major instruments of social stability!’ Major instruments of social stability. Standard men and women; in uniform batches.” pg.5

Bokanovsky’s process is the one that is ruling over the brave new world. It allows for certain type of people to be born with a certain limit to their intellectual capabilities and as a result it provides the social stability that was being looked for. It provides both men and women to do the same job with the same abilities to do so and so it provides stability.

“Like chickens drinking, the students lifted their eyes towards the distant ceiling” pg.8

This shows that even those who are on a tour of the process are conditioned in such as way that they to do things at the same pace and share the same amount of interest in the topic at hand. It also highlights the fact that there is not much room for uniqueness within the brave new world and that humans are at a point where they are nearly as unique as a chicken in a group of them.

“So we allow as many as thirty per cent of the female embryos to develop normally. The others get a dose of male sex-hormone every twenty-four metres for the rest of the course. Result: they’re decanted as freemartins – structurally quite normal…but sterile.” Pg.10

Here we see the process that is carried out to make female adults although make sure that they do not have the capability or desires to reproduce as this would cause a disruption to the ‘stability’ of brave new world. The process involves allowing the female to develop normally for thirty-percent although they are then given a dose of male sex-hormone so that they are freemartins and at the same time still structurally fine.

“‘The lower the caste, the shorter the oxygen'” pg.11

The Alphas, Betas, Gamma, Deltas and Epsilons are all differently intellectually capable and this is due to the amount of oxygen that they receive as embryos.

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The more oxygen that one receives the higher the intelligence, as Alphas do the most amount work needing intelligence they are given the most oxygen and so then are recognized as Alphas while the least amount of oxygen is given to those who do not need much intelligence to complete their task which Epsilons.

“‘But in Epsilons, we don’t need human intelligence” pg.11

Epsilons are the lowest caste within the brave new world society and they do not need a large amount of human intelligence to complete their role in the society. As they do not need this intelligence they are starved of oxygen so they do not move up within the castes and so stability is upheld.

“‘And that,’ put in the Director sententiously, ‘that is the secret of happiness and virtue – liking what you’ve got to so. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their unescapable social destiny”

pg .12

The process that is involved in making a human is one of ease in the brave new world and for that to continue the people that are born must be conditioned into liking what they have to do. For example, if an Epsilon was conditioned into liking cleaning toilets they would be rewarded as a child to go near toilets although if they were not, they would not like this job and therefore there would be an uprising. Conditioning is all about making people like their unescapable social destiny.

“They learn to associate topsy-turvydom with well-being; in fact they’re only truly happy when they’re standing on their heads” pg.13-14

This underlies the process of conditioning, undergoing processes so that the human is associated with the job or role they play, even if that means making them hate books and flowers. Here we see that the embryos are placed upside-down so that when they are born that is the state that they feel comfortable in and that they will be conditioned to do their job with better results.

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

Chapter 2 – Quotes

“Books and loud noises, flowers and electric shocks…They’ll grow up with what the psychologists used to call an “instinctive” hatred of books and flowers. Reflexes unalterably conditioned.'” pg.17

This is another example of where conditioning changes the natural growth of a person. In this example we see that babies are conditioned to hate books and flowers through the use of playing loud noises whenever they played with books and giving them slight electric shocks whenever they played with flowers. This then meant that the babies when grow up and have a hatred for books and flowers and will want nothing to do with them which allows them to do certain jobs within the society.

“It was decided to abolish the love of nature, at any rate among the lower classes” pg.18

Abolishing the love of nature allows for certain types of people to do certain jobs within the brave new world society without the hatred of doing the job. This is especially forced upon the lower classes including Deltas and Epsilons as they required the conditioning to do things of low intelligence and therefore there will be no uprising against what they are assigned to do.

“‘We conditioned the masses to hate the country, but simultaneously we condition them to love all country sports” pg.18

Here is another example of where conditioning sets a particular liking and disliking for different things. In this example it is of hating he country so that people do not have the intention to travel there although they love the country sports so they can watch it on television resulting in their past times filled instead of wanting to do other activities.

“(Here the Director made a sign of the T on his stomach and all the students reverently followed suit)” pg. 20

The ‘T’ symbol indicates the significance of Henry Ford’s T-Model car and that not only does the director respect what he has contributed to make the brave new world possible but the students to understand that he is a god like figure and must be respected.

“Elementary Class Consciousness…All wear green and Delta children wear khaki. Oh no, I don’t want to play with Delta children. And Epsilons are still worse. They’re too stupid to be able to read or write. Besides, they wear black, which is such a beastly colour. I’m so glad I’m a Beta. Alpha children wear grey” pg. 22

This shows that each class of people, the Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas and Epsilons have different uniforms to wear so that they can be easily recognized by others. For example, Delta children wear khaki, Epsilons wear black, and Alphas wear grey. Even this child who is talking in this example says he is glad to be a Beta because he is conditioned in such a way that he does like being who he is and does not want it any other way.

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

Chapter 3 – Quotes

“Mustapha Mond…Bernard Marx…Lenina Crowne” pg.28

These three people all hold significant background histories in different areas although the names are changed slightly within the novel. Mustapha Mond is the Resident World Controller of Western Europe, one of only ten World Controllers. He was once an ambitious, young scientist performing illicit research. When his work was discovered, he was given the choice of going into exile or training to become a World Controller. Bernard Marx an Alpha male who fails to fit in because of his inferior physical stature. He holds unorthodox beliefs about sexual relationships, sports, and community events. His insecurity about his size and status makes him discontented with the World State. Bernard’s surname recalls Karl Marx, the nineteenth-century German author best known for writing Capital, a monumental critique of capitalist society. Finally, Lenina Crowne is a vaccination worker at the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre. She is an object of desire for a number of major and minor characters, including Bernard Marx and John. Her behavior is sometimes intriguingly unorthodox, which makes her attractive to the reader.

“Home, home – a few small rooms, stiflingly over-inhabited by a man, by a periodically teeming woman, by a rabble of boys and girls of all ages. No air, no space; an under sterilized prison; darkness, disease and smells” pg.31

This quote describes the living areas of the people within brave new world. They are not given much although they are conditioned to feel happy about what they have and they do not complain despite the fact that they are living with a large number of male and females as well as boys and girls in little space which teems full of diseases and unpleasant smells.

“‘Dr. Wells advised me to have a Pregnancy Substitute.'” pg.32

This is Lenina Crowne talking, where she says that she is having a pregnancy substitute a process Since there is no live birth or pregnancy, only decanting, it is suggested that women take a pregnancy substitute, which lasts several months. The procedure is not described in detail. It is compulsory at age twenty-one, but some women have it as early as seventeen.

“‘But everyone belongs to everyone else,” pg.34

Through everyone belonging to everyone else, there is no need for marriage, is no need for love or no need for reproduction between the opposite sexes. This allows for the Bokanovsky’s process to rise and continue to taken over the brave new world. This also means that there will be ‘stability’ which is essentially what is being wanted in this society and by everyone just as similar as the next and no connection between anyone it can be upheld.

“No wonder those poor pre-moderns were mad and wicked and miserable…they were not conditioned to obey…they were forced to feel strongly” pg.35

Here we see that there is a shift in time and that before Ford, people who were called ‘pre-moderns’ were miserable and wicked because they were not conditioned and controlled by the community and could do whatever they liked and that cause a problem of society as well as feeling and supporting what they thought was correct. This to ‘moderns’ sounds like a past that they do not want to go back to and therefore advocate the process and society they live in now.

“No civilization without social stability. No social stability without individual stability” pg.36

Here we see the motto being used, especially that of stability within the brave new world. Stability is a key concept within the society and one that is believed to be needed for a civilization to proceed forward. This stability is only reached when individuals are stable and feel that and is why conditioning is such a major factor in this society.

“Impulse arrested spills over, and the flood is feeling, the flood is passion, the flood is even madness” pg.37

Here we see that everyone in the society of brave new world is brainwashed and conditioned into thinking what the leaders believe to be correct, there is no uniqueness. The people believe that if they think and act for themselves there are consequences for doing so which is stated above, and the end result will be madness, something no one wants.

“Shorten that interval, break down all those unnecessary barriers…’No pains have been spared to make your lives emotionally easy” pg.37

Here we see that the people of the brave new world are made to work only short spurts of time so that they do not have to face barriers which can hindered their performance. This therefore means that they are not faced with various emotional problems and can do the particular job that they were assigned to be at the best of their ability.

“‘Talking about her as though she were a bit of meat'” pg.39

This is how the men speak of as the women. They are not as important as themselves but of must less significance despite the fact that they are of the same intellectual capabilities. When the men do see a good looking women they would often pay no respect for them as just as it states, talk of them like they are meat.

“‘Everyone belongs to everyone else, after all'” pg. 40

Through everyone belonging to everyone else, there is no need for marriage, is no need for love or no need for reproduction between the opposite sexes. This allows for the Bokanovsky’s process to rise and continue to taken over the brave new world. This also means that there will be ‘stability’ which is essentially what is being wanted in this society and by everyone just as similar as the next and no connection between anyone it can be upheld.

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

Chapter 4 – Quotes

“Droning twilight of the well, the twilight of his habitual stupor. It was warm and bright on the roof. The summer afternoon was drowsy with the hum of passing helicopters; and the deeper drone of the rocket-planes hastening.” pg.51

Here we see that everything in the brave new world is mechanized and run my machinery. There is no need for humans to do certain jobs including reproduction as that has all been allocated to the machines to undergo that process. There is no natural buzz created by humans when working and there is no natural feeling although there is a dull hum of the machinery working consistently of where humans used to.

“The malice and bad tempers from which other people had to take holidays never afflicted him” pg.52

In the brave new world there are a specified number of separate social castes and no more. Here we see that there is an odd example of Benito who always saw things sunny-side up. It was the nature within him to act of as if everyone deserved a second chance and that they are all good people at heart. He did not have a bad temper nor would be wish bad things upon other people.

“To have dealings with members of the lower castes was always, for Bernard, a most distressing experience” pg.55″

Here we see Bernard, of the higher class in the brave new world society, not wanting to deal with lower castes because he had been conditioned in such a way that people underneath with were not as good as him. They were below his dignity and he could not force himself to have any association with those people. It was just the way that the brave new world society operated.

“The mockery made him feel like an outsider; and feeling an outsider he behaved like one, which increased the prejudice against him” pg.55/56

Here we see how Bernard felt when talking to the various castes including the Gammas and Epsilons. He is treated as if he does not belong and that his reactions to this is to behave like an alien, alone and an outsider. It was because of the way that he dealt with the problem that the others began to increase their prejudice against him.

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

Chapter 5 – Quotes

“Ant like pullulation of lower-caste activity” pg.63

This is describing the lower-caste population and comparing them to how ants work in everyday life. The jobs they did were monotonous unlike Alphas whose jobs were varied and diverse. The lower-caste did jobs that were boring and did not need much intellect to complete them although they enjoyed what they did because of the conditioning process that is in place in the brave new world.

“‘Phosphorus recovery…One their way up the chimney the gases go through four separate treatments. Now they recover over ninety eight percent of it. More than a kilo and a half per adult corpse.” pg.63

Here we see that everything in the brave new world is not wasted even including human bodies after they have died. They have constructed a process which they extract phosphorous out of the decaying human body which is used for other purposes. This shows how different the brave new world is from the everyday world.

“‘Everyone works for everyone else. We can’t do without anyone'” pg.64

In the brave new world it is operated through everyone doing their job, without any fighting which is somewhat accomplished with the conditioning program that is compulsory for everyone within the brave new world. Everyone had a certain role to play and they must do their duty if progress it to continue into the future.

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

Chapter 6 – Quotes

“‘When the individual feels, the community reels'” pg.81

Here we see that Lenina talking about how the individual must realize that they are part of the community and that it is practically all for one and one for all. If the individual does not pull their weight and contribute evenly to the community then the community will pay the prices. It does not matter if everyone else in the community is performing at their peak, but for the community to actually perform at its optimum, everyone must work.

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

Chapter 7 – Quotes

“The tall houses rose like stepped and amputated pyramids into the blue sky” pg.92

Here we see that nothing in the brave new world is natural and nobody is individual and unique. Everything is the same and similarity overpowers uniqueness within the society. Everything which has been made has been done so in mass numbers including the houses and the pyramids which have been erected.

“Cleanliness is next is next to fordliness” pg.94

In the brave new world, God is not the main figure of power within the world nor is he even recognized as a ruling power. Ford, the man who created the T-model car is the overpowering leader of the brave new world and has say over all the rules in the society. Nothing is god like, but Ford like, he is the divine leader of this new world.

“We keep their internal secretions artificially balanced at a youthful equilibrium. We don’t permit their magnesium-calcium ratio to fall below what it was at thirty. We give them transfusions of young blood. We keep their metabolism permanently stimulated” pg.95

Here we see another process which is taken to keep the brave new world functioning in such a way that it benefits the community. This process of giving everyone transfusions of young blood which not only keeps them feeling young but keeping their metabolism permanently stimulated allows for everyone to prevent the aging process as well as not growing old.

“The place was queer, so what the music, so were the clothes and the hoisters and the skin diseases and the old people” pg.97

Here we see where the brave new world society has not assigned their ways on. It was so different to what people of the brave new world had experienced, everything that was not present in the brave new world including diseases and old people was present and this disgusted those who did not live in these conditions. This is the world that we live in at the present moment.

“But his plaited hair was straw coloured, his eyes a pale blue, and his skin a white skin, bronzed” pg.100

This individual was one who had a mix of cross blood and was not one of the natives. This could be identified quite easily through the way his hair was coloured and was worn as well as they colour of his eyes and the colour of his skin. All these branded him as someone who was not an ‘actual’ resident and was different to the others.

“They disliked me for my complexion” pg.100

Here we see a young man talking to Lenina and he starts to cry because those who surrounded him thought and treated him like an outsider despite the fact that her tried so very hard to fit if, even happily get whipped to be accepted. Everyone did not like him for who is was and acted as if he belonged to someone else all because of his skin colour.

“Linda and he were strangers in the Reservation” pg.101

Linda and her son came from the Other Place and so feel and were treated like they were not part of the group of the Reservation and that they were foreigners. Not only did they feel like they were not accepted they actually were not.

“Front teeth were missing…so fat…flabbiness, the wrinkles. And the sagging cheeks wit those purplish blotches. And under the brown sack-shaped tunic those enormous breasts.” pg.102

In the brave new world everything is conditioned so that everyone can be kept at the same age and has the same metabolism although in the normal world they is no conditioning or mass production of babies. This is why when they saw this lady who was not beautiful and had many problems Lenina shuddered because she had never seen someone so ugly.

“But it’s all different here; it’s like living with lunatics. Everything they do is mad” pg.104

Here we see that see does not like living in the normal world outside from the brave new world as there is no conditioning and that there is room for improvement and never being happy with what one has. We also see that she is described our everyday lives of where there is no conditioning and that there are lunatics and everything is mad compared to the brave new world.

“So they’re having children all the time – like dogs…And yet John was a great comfort to me…It wasn’t my business to know” pg.105

He we see that she has a child and in the brave new world they produce children on a mass scale, in a way just like dogs or animals do. Even though she does not like living in the world outside of the brave new world her child provided a lot of comfort and was different compared to that of the everyday world which is conditioned to perfection.

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