Aldous Huxley

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Analisi in inglese della vita e delle opere principali del celebre scrittore (4 pagine formato doc)

Life and works


Aldous Huxley was born in Surrey in 1894 into a family of noted biologists and natural scientists.
Because of problem with eyes, Huxley was unable to study for a scientific career. So he studied English at Oxford and soon began publishing poetry and short fiction. His early novels such as Crome Yellow and Antic Hay were satirical portraits of English society. His most famous contribution to fiction was Brave New World, a dystopian science fiction and philosophical essay. Huxley moved to California, where he became interested in mysticism and parapsychology. He died in 1963.


Brave New World: the plot


Brave New World is a science-fiction style fable about a rigidly controlled global state.
The story is set in the 7th century AF (after Ford), referring to Henry Ford. In the society Huxley describes, science and technology have advanced to the point where social stability is determined by a scientific caste system. Human beings are born artificially on an assembly line, divided into different categories which determine their function and status. At the top of the hierarchy are Alphas and Betas, the most intelligent and physically perfect men and women, who make up the ruling classes. They are followed by the Gammas, while at the bottom of the scale are Deltas and Epsilon. Social and personal satisfaction is guaranteed by a combination of mindless entertainment, the regular consumption of a drug called soma which produces a feeling of happiness and well-being, and sexual promiscuity. The protagonist of the story is Bernard Marx, an Alpha-plus specimen. He visits a reservation in New Mexico where he meets the savage John whom he brings back to London.