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Opening of the Book

Post by AMyette on Mon May 01, 2017 1:59 pm

Chapter 1 opens with a description of the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre.

What happens there?
Look at the first paragraph of the book. What image do you get? What is unusual about the diction Huxley uses? What is he saying here?

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Post by DefinitelyNotWalker on Mon May 01, 2017 8:45 pm

From the very beginning, the description of the CLHCC was un-nerving and weirded me out. The motto branded on the front of the building seemed quite self-contradictory, the idea that individual identity could go hand in hand with stability seemed impossible. The Hatchery's hiding of information from the workers also supports this. The way Huxley writes this is as if the reader is being deprived of information which is frustrating, in our day and age we desire information instantly. This, I think pushes the reader to realize their impatience and address it.

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Post by AMyette on Mon May 01, 2017 9:07 pm

Look more specifically at his word choice. Think imagery.

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Post by notwalker on Mon May 01, 2017 9:37 pm

The use of exact numbers plays a large part in developing a sterile cookie cutter world that follows the same process day by day with an active effort to decrease diversity and increase "community". An example would be on page 22 where Huxley painstakingly describes "Each bottle could be placed on one of fifteen racks, each rack ... traveling at a rate of thirty-three and a third centimeters per hour..." The inclusion of the "and a third" makes it very clear this is a deliberate use of specificity.

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Re: Opening of the Book

Post by AMyette on Tue May 02, 2017 6:20 am

True. What about words like "pallid"?

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Post by AMyette on Tue May 02, 2017 8:26 am

By the way, NotWalker, who are you?

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Post by notwalker on Tue May 02, 2017 11:56 am

This is Walker.

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Post by AMyette on Tue May 02, 2017 12:19 pm

Got it! Good name!

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Re: Opening of the Book

Post by vincent.nguyen on Tue May 02, 2017 1:59 pm

Chapter 1
-Introduces us to a world A.F. 632(page 2). What does this mean? Can you correlate it to a religion? How is this of significance?

Chapter 2
- On page 12 of the chapter quotes "the Decanting Room". The word "decant" means to pour liquid or wine without disturbance.
-Because the infants are being purged of their interest of books by electric shock, how is the word decant of significance for the society in this book.
-What can you say about "knowledge is power" - Francis bacon, and its significance in this book or chapter.


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Re: Opening of the Book

Post by vincent.nguyen on Tue May 02, 2017 2:02 pm

@notwalker the word decant is of significance to Pg 22, where you said "each bottle" they are pouring without disturbance. The society wants no social instability

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Post by vincent.nguyen on Tue May 02, 2017 2:08 pm

@DefinitelyNotWalker , I think Huxley makes it seem like we know nothing because, in the chapter it is the Hatchery's Director's guiding students around the factory where babies are made. So basically it like without any knowledge we are given a tour of how people are made. We kind of have to read like we are in their world. but i agree.

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Re: Opening of the Book

Post by AMyette on Tue May 02, 2017 5:02 pm

Ah, a great observation. So, how reliable is the narrator? (See Author's purpose under TDQ)

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