Brave New World Research Paper Junior research paper: Brave New World and the History of Ideas task in this research paper, however, will be to think about how the novel comments upon the past — specifically, how it comments upon the schools of thought that had shaped, and were still shaping, its own historical moment. task is to enrich your reader’s understanding of Brave New World by looking at it through the lens of some sort of ‘ism’ MY ISM IS SECULARISM What are its premises regarding: The individual The state Consciousness / psychology / the mind History The body God Art Etc. Where did this -ism come from? What are its roots? What are some of the historical developments and social anxieties that gave rise to it? What are some of the historical developments and social anxieties that it created? What was its historical condition in 1931? Was Huxley involved in this ‘ism’? Did he write about it? If not, what did he write that shows us his overall thinking about the topic at hand? GOAL 2: To think about how this ‘ism’ shows up in Brave New World: how it informs the novel and how the novel comments upon it. What seems to be the novel’s relationship to this ‘ism’? How do you know? What seems to be Huxley’s argument about this ism? (Here you need to think beyond “it’s good” or “it’s bad.”) Brave New World Research Paper How does the form of the novel express, enhance, or perhaps complicate its relationship to this ‘ism’? Close-readings of relevant passages will be a significant source of evidence in your paper. NOTE 3: Remember that a novel is more than the world it imagines. Especially a novel like Brave New World, which does many, many interesting and weird things on the level of both structure and style. Your essay must make a substantive argument about form as well as content. In other words, you should think about how the novel makes claims about this ‘ism’ through things like structure, style, point of view, etc., in addition to world-building and plot. ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY ASSIGNMENT (THIS IS WHAT YOURE WORKING ON) In the ‘Research Paper’ section of your OneNote Class Notebook, please do the following: 1) Create a new page and insert one of your sources as a PDF. (Note: if you don’t know how to do this, please let me know or see the instructions posted to your ‘Homework’ tab) (Note 2: if your source is a book, you can take pictures of the most important pages and insert them.) 2) Annotate that source using OneNote. Brave New World Research Paper Highlight important passages, write comments and questions in the margin, circle things, underline things — do whatever helps you digest the material. 3) In a text box NEXT TO the source, write a journal entry of 3 paragraphs: 1 paragraph explaining the argument of the source, 1 paragraph making connections to Brave New World, and a third paragraph *explaining the main takeaways for YOUR project: why is this source going to be important? What are you going to do with it?* MY TOPIC COMMITMENT: The topic I decided to explore for my research paper is secularism/secularization. One of the major reasons why I was drawn to this topic is because this year I’m taking living religions. I’ve taken a huge interest in studying the different religions of the world and furthering my knowledge on them because I believe religion is the world’s commonality. I believe the more you understand someone’s religion, the more you can understand them. Another reason why I chose to take living religions and chose secularism as my prompt is for personal current reasons as I myself hope to be able to connect with a religion through studying all the different ones available to me. I’ve grown up under my parents faith but as I’ve gotten older I don’t consider it to be my own. I know I believe in something, I just don’t know what it’s founded on, and I believe the only way to make a decision like that is to inform myself and learn all I can about the religions the world offers us and provides us with. My search for my own faith is motivating me to explore the concept of secularization and what life truly is with no belief in god. The question now is whether Mustafa Mond was right in saying: “God isn’t compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness.“ I find it interesting that they chose to believe religion causes wars, pain, suffering and tears because I find it provides us with the opposite. I think religion establishes a sense of community and provides us with comfort in facing what’s to come and what lies beyond life as we know it. Despite being able to solve their problems with soma and sex, religion could still be a positive affirmation to their lives and society providing them with peace and an unmatched connection to something bigger than us. It guides people’s morals and values and I think religion is important in a utopian society because it keeps people grounded. If the system worked perfectly, there wouldn’t be an island harboring people who are too individualistic for World state societies taste. Their problems haven’t been solved properly by doping and intoxicating humans. Religion not only helps heal wounded souls but gives the people hope and power to OVERCOME all obstacles, not just suppress them. I believe the way chosen by World Controllers is too extreme, and that even if religion would not act as a major pillar in their life, no one should take their right to choose. Another very important aspect of religion in the modern world is the fact that there are so many different ones because it is central to one’s identity and individuality. The lack of variety of religions in World State Society makes it a dystopia because it undeniably deprives the people of their ability to experience interconnectedness, and imposes oppressive societal control. I believe society would thrive much more if technology and religion could coexist. Otherwise, we are only existing as technological and mechanical beings, and not allowing ourselves to see and interpret everything that lies around us. Brave New World Research Paper There will always lie questions we seek answers to that cannot be answered by science and technology. I believe so much more lies beyond us and the physical world and we should all be exposed to this fact in the face of death, and be disclosed to the idea that we are not all there is. Religion sets a precedent for acceptable behavior, and thus peace and harmony may be achieved. Religion can successfully be used as means for stability instead of brainwashing and conditioning. One should be able to make the choice to be happy, and experience happiness for what it is – not solely in the temporary and synthesized form of a drug. Source: Hoffecker, W. Andrew. “A READING OF ‘BRAVE NEW WORLD’: DYSTOPIANISM IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE.” Christianity and Literature, vol. 29, no. 2, 1980, pp. 46–62. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/44323982.