Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World

The following excerpt is from an essay written for an online teacher’s guide (enotes.com): “Written in 1931 and published the following year, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is a dystopian—or anti-utopian—novel. In it, the author questions the values of 1931 London, using satire and irony to portray a futuristic world in which many of the contemporary trends in British and American society have been taken to extremes. Though he was already a best-selling author, Huxley achieved international acclaim with this now-classic novel. Because Brave New World is a novel of ideas, the characters and plot are secondary, even simplistic. The novel is best appreciated as an ironic commentary on contemporary values.” In a thoughtful analysis of the work, explain why the last sentence is true. Include at least three different literary techniques employed by Huxley to achieve that “ironic commentary.” You may wish to consider: structure, syntax, point-of-view, narrative technique/framing, symbolism, paradox, diction, allusion, characterization, imagery, use of figurative language, situational irony, dramatic irony, verbal irony, hyperbole, motif.

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