Annum Ford, the year of our Ford. A dating term which plays on the modern system of naming years after the birth of Christ, by replacing A.D. with A.F.
The highest caste in society
A gummy resin with an obnoxious odor
The second highest caste group. They are allowed to interact with Alphas, but not lower castes such as Epsilons or Gammas.
A group of identical twins created by dividing a single egg many times. This process is only used on Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons.
A mass of trees or shrubs; a thicket
The embryos and babies are grown in bottles for nine months rather than in a womb.
The society exists as a five-tiered caste system consisting of Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons. Alpha caste members are the ruling elite, with each respective caste becoming progressively less intelligent and smaller in stature.
A game in which children fling a ball onto a platform. The ball then rolls down the interior and lands on a rotating disk that flings the ball in a random direction, at which point the ball must be caught.
Relating to the body
D.H.C. for Central London
The Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning, the man who leads the students on a tour in the first few chapters
The room in which the babies are removed from the bottles
A mid-level caste of society. They are mostly factory workers and laborers.
Part of the period following the Nine Years' War is called the Economic Collapse.
Growing something outside of the body rather than inside; in this case growing embryos in bottles rather than in a mother's womb
The lowest caste of the Utopian society. They are malformed and quite stupid.
Someone who creates ornamental works
Society believes that Ford and Freud are the same man, but that Freud is the name Ford used when writing about psychology. In reality Freud is considered the father of modern psychoanalysis.
A cell that fuses with another cell during fertilization
A low caste in society. They are mostly laborers and menial workers.
Sleep learning, which is part of the conditioning process. Huxley pretends that it was discovered that people could learn ethics while sleeping, and it is used extensively to help teach lessons that ensure social stability.
Thomas Malthus is famous for showing that the world population grows more rapidly than the supply of food. Huxley uses the word to mean a contraceptive, hence limiting the growth in population.
Pavlov showed that animals can be trained to do something through a system of rewards and punishments. This process is used on all babies to condition them to like or dislike certain objects. It is one of the main conditioning techniques which helps ensure social stability.
Nine Years' War
A war which led to almost total destruction. After a severe economic crisis the world submitted to the World Controllers, who took over and redefined the social order.
One of the adult games
A Solidarity Service hymn and dance which is used to signify the coming together of many people into a unified oneness. It is used during Bernard's Solidarity Service and later when the Savage confronts the crowd.
The cremation factories are able to recover 99% of the phosphorous contained in each body, so that it can be reused as a raw material or in fertilizer.
Containing air; Huxley uses the term to mean buxom.
A way of ripening all the eggs of the ovary at once so that thousands of siblings can be made within a two year period.
An intravenous injection that tricks the body into thinking it is pregnant and that balances the hormones
The transatlantic jetliner
An adult game
One of the only places left on earth where people remain in a state of nature. The Savages were not considered worth civilizing and were therefore placed in a fenced-off area which contained some of the worst land.
Of, or relating to, apes
A ceremony that replaces religion with strong sexual elements
A narcotic used to create pleasant sensations without any after-effects. The word is actually taken from a drug that exists in India.
Bringing forth live young rather than eggs
Brave New World Questions and Answers
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Lenina has a strange new sense of monogamy: she only wants to sleep with John. John, on the other hand, wants nothing of Lenina's crass sexual aggressiveness. Lenina goes to his room strips off her clothes and trying to kiss him, a natural...
The society is projected as a utilitarian paradise but it is really just a representation of inequality. Your freedom and station in life really depends what group you are "born" or rather engineered into. Alphas and Betas are society's elite,...