Brave New World
The Task: to write a 3-4 page paper that demonstrates in
depth consideration of one or more issues raised by the book Brave
1. Write a paper that explores your conclusions regarding Aldous
Huxley’s Brave New World, and its relationship to your life and
the media analysis we have been doing as a class. You may wish to fill
in the gaps in Huxley’s description of the future by imagining, in
more specific detail, the events and processes that might lead us into a
BNW type of system, or how we might steer clear of such a system in the
2. Write a paper that compares life as Huxley described it in the
World State with life in the United States today. Include at least three
of these aspects of life in your paper: Human life/death, love and
marriage, art (literature, film, architecture, etc.), consumption of
goods and services, use of drugs (including alcohol and tobacco),
pleasure/self-indulgence, and religion. Come to a conclusion as to the
accuracy of Huxley’s predictions.
3. Write a report by Mustapha Mond detailing his experiment with John
the Savage. Conclude the report with Mustapha’s assessment of John’s
Rough Draft Due: Thursday, March 18th
Final Draft Due: Wednesday, March 31st
Late papers are penalized 10% per day late.
An EXCELLENT paper contains:
- A clearly articulated and provable thesis
statement about the book and its connection to our class and your world
(options 1 and 2).
- Specific observations and arguments, supported by copious
amounts of evidence that connect; Huxley’s characters, ideas and themes in the
book, your own
world experience, and (for options 1) the ideas and techniques we’ve
been learning in the media analysis unit ("Ad and the Ego" and classroom activities)
- At least three specific passages from Huxley’s book,
punctuated and documented in proper fashion (also required for option
- A full three to four pages of quality prose (no funny business).
- A clear and well-structured argument that also embraces the
ambiguities and complexities of our modern society and Huxley’s
vision. (Don’t be afraid to raise questions within the context of your
- Minimal spelling mistakes, punctuation problems, or grammatical
Last Day to share a draft with me: Tuesday, March 16th.
Please feel free to share drafts with me before this date; however, be
aware that having me read a draft of your paper does not hold any guarantees
about your final paper grade or remove your responsibility for carefully
reading and editing the final draft of your paper.
Advice: You will be busy in all your classes the week before spring
break because third quarter ends on the 19th. Please begin work on
this paper (and your history paper) in a timely fashion so you don't drive
yourself crazy before the break.