Brave New World

Why do you think Huxley adds the comment about the death of the Alpha-Plus administrator in Mwanza-Mwanza? How do you think he intended the reader to respond to this information?


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Lenina is distraught over her sexual frustrations around John Savage. At work, she is so upset that she misses adding an immunization against sleeping sickness to a bottle. Huxley adds  "Twenty-two years, eight months, and four days from that moment, a promising young Alpha-Minus administrator at Mwanza-Mwanza was to die of trypanosomiasis—the first case for over half a century."Trypanosomiasis is the scientific name for "sleeping sickness". I think Huxley intended the reader to reflect on the idea that science is only as exact as humans are: humans are fallible hence science is fallible. All the importance placed on science in the human world is flawed because human beings are flawed creatures.