Brave New World Summary
The novel Brave New World opens with the Director of the Central London Hatching and Conditioning Centre and his assistant, Henry Foster, giving a tour of the facility to a group of students. This group is shown the Bokanovsky and Podsnap processes, which allow the Hatchery to produce thousands of nearly identical human embryos. During the gestation process, the embryos are manipulated to fit into one of the five castes: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, or Epsilon. Alpha’s are designed to become leaders and thinkers of the World State. The other succeeding castes are created to be less intelligent and physically weak. Following the explanation of the caste system, the students are led to the conditioning area, where they observedconditioning, hypnopaedic methods, and sexual play.After the tour, Mustapha Mond, one of the ten World Controllers, is introduced and explains the history of the World State. He explains the successful removal of strong emotions, desires, and traditional relationships from society.
While they are speakingoutside, Lenina and Fannyspeak of Lenina’s relations with Henry Foster. Because of their mutual, monogamous relationship, Fanny encourages Lenina to be more promiscuous. She then admits her attraction to Bernard Marx. In a different area of the Hatchery, Bernard overhears Henry bragging about “having” Lenina to the Assistant Predestinator and becomes enraged.
After work, Bernard asks Lenina to accompany him on his trip to the Savage Reservation in New Mexico. She says yes. Once satisfied with her answer, he flies to meet up with his friend Helmholtz Watson. They discussed their dissatisfaction with the World State. A few days later, Bernard asks the Director permission to visit the Savage Reservation. This allows the Director to reminisce about his visit there with a young woman nearly two decades before. The woman was lost during a storm and was never recovered.Lenina and Bernard are given permission to go....