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The author of Brave New World is Aldous Huxley He was born in Surrey in England in 1894 He was educated at Eton and later he attended college at Oxford where he earned a degree in English literature For awhile he taught and was a critic of music and art During the writing of this book he was experimenting with mind altering drugs He specializes in fantasy and sci-fi books In 1959 Aldous Huxley received a the Award of Merit for the novel from the American Academy of Arts and Letters He came to the U S in 1937 and was living in California at the time of his death on November 22 1963 The purpose of this book was to share a prophecy he had about the futureThe main theme of this book had to do with a utopian society As all utopian societies do this one was obviously flawed The goal of this society was to have fullcontrol over all the citizens The book begins with a tour around a laboratory where scientists are artificiallycreating babies in a process called decanting Lenina one of the main characters is a woman who does not always understand the ways of the society in which she lives She is instantly attracted to a fellow citizen named Bernard Bernard is different than the other men Lenina usually dates He is shorter than most men in his category known as Beta Some of his ideas that scare Lenina She tries to suppress his inquiries byreminding him that all bothersome thoughts and feelings can go away with the help of Soma Soma is a drug that seems to be similar to present day Prozac and other anti-depressants The citizens of the society depend on Soma to get them through every day The master of this society is a God-like character named Ford He is not present inthe story but they base their lives around
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