Huxley’s Brave New World can be seen as a critique of the overenthusiastic embrace of new scientific discoveries. The first chapter reads like a list of stunning scientific achievements: human cloning, rapid maturation, and prenatal conditioning. However, the satirical tone of the chapter makes it clear that this technology-based society is not a utopia, but the exact opposite. Like George Orwell’s 1984, Brave New World depicts a dystopia: a world of anonymous and dehumanized people dominated by a government made overwhelmingly powerful by the use of technology.
NOTES on Dr. Ure's Ink:
This refers to Andrew Ure, author of A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines, published in 1858 by D. Appleton and Co.
1. "Bruised" galls may indicate fresh galls, and "green sulphate of iron may refer to crystals, not desiccated. (Submitted by Jack C. Thompson)
2. "Bruised" might be interpreted to be "freshly crushed galls". (Submitted by Alex Carter)
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