Brave New World essay by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World essay by Aldous Huxley

DYSTOPIAN WRITING ASSESSMENT | Better Read than Dead: insert your sub-title here

Many Dystopian Novels are reactionary pieces to events that are headlining the news in their respective publication decades. In some way, shape or form, they promote an escape from the cave. (Allegory of the Cave text) Many of the issues that irked Aldous Huxley when he wrote his novel are in the news today. You probably noticed that the attitudes exhibited are those YOU have held about recent and current events.

For this paper, pull the following facets together –

  1. evidence from the NOVEL (minimum 3 quotes from the text),
  2. INFO from Utopia Lecture,–use the slide Essentials of Utopian LIt (one idea)
  3. a discussion on your WHAT IF choice, (intro or in body argument)
  4. a CURRENT NEWS REPORT from a reputable news organization (minimum 1 quote),
  5. and how, together, they promote or do not promote an ESCAPE FROM THE CAVE.

Then in your paper, explain how one character would respond to the event, the opinions the character would have about what was happening in the event, and how it all relates to an escape from the cave.

Consider the following formula:

  • Identify your character and describe their personality, using quotations or direct reference to incidents in the novel to substantiate your claims about the character. What general issues interest him or her?
  • Indicate which of the What Ifs you explored.
  • Categorize the news article, then summarize it and document the source from which you 

this information.

  • Explain how you and your character would respond to the current event you’ve summarized. You may show your attitude through choice of words and images (which is the way writers reflect TONE–author’s attitude toward a particular subject).
  • Explain how you and the character see this as an escape from the cave.
  • You may be creative in your organization – What is critical is that you show you understand the personality and motivation of the character in the novel.
  • Include documentation of book and current news events.



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Chimei Fregoso

English IV–Period 3

11 April 2019

Better Read than Dead: REMEMBER TO DO THIS


REMINDER . . .Work on figuring out what to do for your Brave New World Dystopian ESSAY

1. Figure out the expectations outlined on document

2. Choose your character–find 3 quotes/scenes

3. Vet article–make sure it works, identify quote to use–IS IT FROM A REPUTABLE SOURCE (or is your choice going to immediately communicate that you are not that sure of yourself)?

4. Choose passages from Utopia Notes and What If Notes

5. Figure out HOW you will design or structure your essay

6. Draft out the Works Cited (Brave, lecture, article)




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Brave New world

Literature could be an ideal means through which society gets the opportunity to reconsider some of the issues people take for granted, but it also raises questions on what would happen under certain circumstances, particularly in cases representing publications made with the primary intention of introducing the audience to cases of dystopian societies disguised as utopia. This marks one of the reasons why people develop drug use problems, believing that they experience a form of utopia from the use of drugs, and with time they get addicted to the said drug. Consequently, what if the every member of society took drugs with the intention of achieving the perceived feeling of happiness, would everyone be happy? People could initially feel excited about the new norm, only to later feel trapped in a culture, that would lead them to high levels of dependence and poor ability to function in the face of health challenges associated with druc addiction. The “perfect” world, would soon become imperfect.

(992 words)

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