Why Does Huxley Cut Back and Forth in Chapter 3?

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Why Does Huxley Cut Back and Forth in Chapter 3?

Post by Admin on Tue May 09, 2017 8:14 am

In chapter 3, Huxley cuts back and forth between the Controller; Lenina and Fanny; Bernard Marx and, intermittently, Henry Foster and the Assistant Predestinator; and Sleep Teaching (Hypnopaedia).

Each of the characters and exchanges represents a key thematic issue.
What are those themes? And what purpose does the juxtaposition of those themes serve.

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Mustapha Mond (the controller)
Lenina and Fanny
Bernard Marx, Henry Foster, and the Assistant Predestinator
Sleep Teaching

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Re: Why Does Huxley Cut Back and Forth in Chapter 3?

Post by DenyceE on Tue May 09, 2017 5:24 pm

When reading each of the events, it made me think like it was all in a movie. Sometimes you're at one scene, and then you find yourself at another. The scenes could even be happening at the same time, just in different places and situations.
I think Huxley is (possibly?) trying to test if we're paying attention to the story or not, because we're getting a look on how their world was made, what civilians do in their spare time, and the benefits? of sleep teaching and soma.

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Re: Why Does Huxley Cut Back and Forth in Chapter 3?

Post by Admin on Wed May 10, 2017 4:47 pm

I agree, Denyce, with the notion of the cut backs seeming movie-like. I do not, however, think that Huxley is testing us. The juxtaposition of these passages suggest a relationship among thematic elements in the novel, all of which Huxley explores in the rest of the book.

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Re: Why Does Huxley Cut Back and Forth in Chapter 3?

Post by DenyceE on Wed May 10, 2017 5:41 pm

So... kind of like foreshadowing?

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Re: Why Does Huxley Cut Back and Forth in Chapter 3?

Post by Admin on Wed May 10, 2017 5:53 pm

Yes, although I am not sure if that is the correct term, in this case.
Motif, maybe?

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