Brave New World

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Shakespeare Symbol Analysis

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In Brave New World, Shakespeare represents two things. First, he represents all of the art that has been rejected and destroyed by the World State in the interest of maintaining stability. Second, the powerful emotion, passion, love, and beauty on display in Shakespeare's plays stand for all of the noble aspects of humanity that have been sacrificed by the World State in its effort to make sure all of its citizens are always happy.
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Shakespeare Symbol Timeline in Brave New World

The timeline below shows where the symbol Shakespeare appears in Brave New World. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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...dressed like an Indian, but has blond hair and blue eyes. He says in peculiar (Shakespearean) English that he wishes he were the one who had been whipped. Lenina asks him... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...from her work in the Hatcheries... Popé brings him a book: the Complete Works of Shakespeare. Inspired by Hamlet, he tries to stab Pope. Popé laughs off what is just a... (full context)
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...married to Lenina. Bernard bursts out laughing. John is overjoyed, and quotes a line from Shakespeare's The Tempest: "O brave new world, that has such people in it." (full context)
Chapter 11
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...her apartment, but he says good night in a strangled way. Later, the Savage reads Shakespeare's Othello to calm himself down. Lenina, upset he didn't want to sleep with her, takes... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Helmholtz and the Savage like each other immensely, and Helmholtz is mesmerized by Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet, however, makes Helmholtz laugh. The entire plot strikes him as ridiculous. But... (full context)