The Mesa Introduction

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The Mesa Introduction

Post by SAlbright on Sun May 14, 2017 8:09 pm

"The mesa was like a ship becalmed in a strait of lion-coloured dust".
"Block above block, each story smaller than the one below, the tall houses rose like stepped and amputated pyramids".
At the beginning of chapter 7, Huxley describes the Mesa, comparing it to a ship and the pueblos to pyramids. Lenina thinks that the Mesa is "queer" when she first sees it. I had a different reaction, however; the way Huxley describes the Mesa, it seems very impressive and a sight to behold, however is dismissed quickly by Lenina. Why does Lenina have this reaction to the Mesa and the Indian man? Why does Huxley describe the Mesa in this way?

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Re: The Mesa Introduction

Post by Jason.Green on Tue May 23, 2017 4:38 pm

I personally believe the most likely reason for the comparisons between the mesa and a ship, and the pueblos and pyramids, is for aesthetic purposes. It adds a bit more description to the introduction of the setting rather than simply stating there are pueblos on a mesa. As for Lenina's immediate dismissal of the pueblos and mesa, it is likely due to her nature as a relatively unresponsive person who just goes with the movement of others. They don't have anything to do with what she is used to, so she just ignores them.

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