These next few chapters are pretty ironic , or at least that’s how I see.Chapter 10 starts off with the humiliation of the Director.Bernard uses Linda and John as leverage over his imminent exile to Iceland.He shows to everyone in the fertilization center that the highly respectable Director shows love and affection to one person and even had a “Child” and made Linda the “mother” of John. I feel that since the realization of Linda being that long lost woman that the Director went with to the savage reservation Bernard used it as revenge. I believe Bernard might have planned it from the very start.
“for the first time in his life , treated not merely normally ,but as a person of outstanding importance.” pg 144 – third paragraph.Bernard feels important again in his caste ( society in general ). There were no more rumors being spoken about alcohol being added to his test tube or the fact that he is smaller and uncomparable to the other Alphas. Moreover people became friendlier to him and people seeked him out. Those who despised him and disliked him became his good friends. He was praised from high figures in the World State such as the Chief Bottler , the Director of Predestination and Deputy Assistant Fertolizer-Generals. He began to meet more women , ” and i had six girls last week” he states on pg 145.His self esteem was reborn anew .This is ironic because we all knew him as the individual who wanted nothing to do with others. He disliked taking soma and participating in events with others , for example wanting going out on a date with Lenina walking alone with her at a park.But his self glory of bringing a savage (John) over to be studied by the World State has gotten the best of him. His best friend Helmholtz did not care at all about his glory.I find this ironically amusing to see him become what he hated the most.
In between this Bernard wrote a report to Mustafa Mond . He writes to Mond agreeing with John that civilized infantility is too easy , or not expensive enough. Mond becomes enraged and then laughs , if anyone understood what happened here please do explain.
Now we reach the total destruction of Bernard Marx. He promises to everyone to attend his party and they get to meet John. John is , from what I believe , disgusted and angry with Bernard. It seems that John has caught on that Bernard might not have any interest in him as a friend but as a tool to impress others.Bernard wails and pleads to John to come out and meet his guests.After futile attempts Bernard gives the bad news to the guest of John’s attendance.His guests become enraged and feel they have been lied to all along . Bernard’s standing in his caste and society has now crumbled to nothing , back to the same state he was in the beginning of the book.He tries to apologize but no one listens.i believe he always wanted to be liked by his fellow caste members. The reason why he felt so different or why he did things differently was because of the constant mockery that the other Alpha’s ensued on him.I kind of felt bad for Bernard all he wanted was to fit in with the rest of the caste.I can’t wait to see what becomes of Bernard after this event.
As I read this book more and more it clinches me further and further.This world that I’m reading about harshly seems like a possible outcome of the human race.The scene is solidly established with the description of this futuristic laboratory and students being toured around to be familiarized on how exactly their birth process works.
The book describes how a organized party ( more of a government ) has taken control of how humans functions and act in society. They have eliminated natural sexual reproduction by the use of scientific technology and machines to produce offspring. The removal of the female ovaries was a little disturbing and made me fell pity and remorse for them because now couples were not able to decide if they could have kids or not.
Not only is the World State ( the government in control ) in control of the population size but who does what in the society separating them into castes ,Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon. Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon are the lower caste and are all engineered from fertilization to be good at their given role in society. As scary as this seems I for one might actually approve of this method , it has solved so many social problems and aspects of life. There is no more poverty in a sense that EVERYONE has a place in society , whether you’re a garbage man or a doctor , when you are born you will be given a purpose to live. You no longer have to worry about how your going to survive in our society . There will be no strive for competition against one another and in turn jealousy and hate are erased.
As much as i have read homelessness and crime have vanished. There almost no such thing as violence because of the use of brainwashing , Hypnopaedia as the book refers too , people know what they want and don’t extend their desires or curiosities any further. For example the Delta caste are taught to dislike books and nature since birth so that they do not create a need for change in their life. The doctors use a harmful method by shocking infants when books and flowers are laid out in front of them. They do this repeatedly for about 200 times until the infants were scared of the sight of books and flowers (nature).
As the students progress more into the labs they reach a section of the lab where the young teens are playing around in a garden naked. They do this so that they grow up being sexually comfortable around others.The person who is touring the students around is interrupted by Mustapha Mond , a world controller , and explains to the students of how the world used to be before implementing the use of reproduction machines. He uses the word “father” and “mother” and “pregnancy”.The students giggle and gasp as these words are not suppose to be used. It makes sense since the use of the reproduction machines the citizens no longer have physical parents. The development of the Brave New World and its plot of a “perfect society” has greatly caught my attention. Can not wait to finish it.
Ursula Le Guin is VERY good at describing the setting to the reading in both short stories “The Day Before The Revolution” and “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas”. The clearly describes every detail of the character’s surroundings and ambience noise in the background. I was able to quickly depict how the character or object looks like. By using a huge array of descriptive words i was immersed into the story and almost feel as if I was in the room myself. As seen in “The Day Before The Revolution” a description was given to every character and object that the main character interacted with. I felt like I was this elderly woman and Le Guin beautifully narrates it in a third person view , as if you were behind Laia the whole time.With the use of flash backs to past events I was able to create a relationship with Laia , as if I knew her all along. Le Guin , the author, made you relive Laia’s past and gave me a decent understanding of what she has been through to have reached where she was now. The author described characters who I thought was a bit pointless but none the less kept adding more information about Laia and her being old enough to not be able to fully take care of herself.She musters the strength to walk around the streets only to become ill and weak.I believe this reminded her how it was when she was young and living in poverty.I did not understand this part at all and was quite lost about its significance. I was able to sum up the fact that she missed her husband dearly , Taviri , and found herself to be an annoyance to others and I believe she does pass away at the end of story as she walks up the stairs. I wasn’t able to comprehend the link between this story and to a utopia.
“The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” had a very colorful and happy setting , almost as if it was impossible or unattainable. There seemed to be no sadness but only room for what made sense to have. The people of Omelas did not have the need for fancy necessities such as fancy technology but only need the essentials ( such as a train station). Every one was happy and dancing and celebrating , I want to say they were celebrating an anniversary of peace and prosperity. But they had something that reminded them that its not always been a happy and perfect world. They held a young child in a closet to remind themselves how the world can be . I feel like they used the boy as a way to keep them clear minded and to continue doing good in the world unless they want to end up like this defective and unusable person , who had nothing to contribute to this perfect city. Other had ideas that maybe if they were able to help the young child that they could help others as well and make the world a better place.
Hey there!!! My name is Luis Comori , I’m 23 years old born in Lima,Peru and moved to NYC with my family when I was two years old. I live in Queens with my mom,dad,and younger sister and really can’t see myself living anywhere else . The conveniency of this city is too good to pass up on. This is currently my 4th year in this school majoring in Hospitality Management after switching from Computer Engineering. You might say ” What a crazy major switch !?!?! ” but cooking and management is an area I found more interesting. I did accomplish my associates degree in CET and I’m a HUGE techy , I love technology and all its gizmos and gadgets and have taken the computer certification exam as well- have any computer problems? Don’t be afraid to ask!!. Here’s another twist , I currently work as a Pharmacy Technician at a local pharmacy which is located two blocks from my house , talk about short commute. I started off as a stock guy and made the transition to pharmacy because of the need of a Spanish speaking person and just hit my 7th year in that store.
For fun I go paintballing with my friends and familly , and always have a memorable experience.Bowling , Video games , roadtrips and going to conventions such as ComicCon and PAX ( a more nerdy version of ComicCon , usually in Boston ). I love anime and read manga ( japanese comics ) and is probably the only reading I do. I LOVE football , Giants Fan , and baseball , Mets Fan. It’s weird to say I’m not interested in soccer at all , even though my entire family loves the sport.English , to me at least , is a very boring subject and I don’t think I have ever finished a book that I have picked up except for school purposes. But I can say that I actually learn a few things from english class as appose to other classes. I hope to learn some more in this class and apply these skills to my future career.
Summer of 2013 , Paintballing in PA
Snowboarding Dec 2013 at Mountain Creek