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aldous huxley

Religious imagery permeates much of the novel (see Sample Questions), and indeed a contemporary review of the novel was of the opinion that "Brave New World is one of the most urgent appeals for a reconciliation of science with religion that our age has known." It is, in fact, much more than this. However, for John, God is the reason for all the things that the State is suppressing: self-denial, chastity, nobility, and heroism. But Mond has an answer for all of these: "Industrial civilization is only possible when there's no self-denial... Chastity means passion [and] neurasthenia. And passion and neurasthenia means instability. And instability means the end of civilization... Civilization has absolutely no need of nobility or heroism. These things are symptoms of political inefficiency. In a properly organized society like ours, nobody has any opportunity for being noble or heroic. Conditions have got to be thoroughly unstable before the occasion can arise." And, says Mond, if anythin...

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