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Brave New World: Chapter 16 and 17


When you come to the point of comparing Brave New World (the classic cult sci-fi book) to Kim Possible (the Disney cartoon about a teenage superhero) you know things are going downhill.

 

First of all, let me give you some background on Kim Possible (just in case you happen to be older than 12 and have never heard of the show). Kim is a popular cheerleader who divides her free-time between baby-sitting and saving the world. Ron Stoppable is Kim’s best friend and sidekick, he might seem to be useless but they work together. Dr. Drakken is Kim’s nemesis, the main bad guy of the cartoon.

Before I go on to my deep meaningful comparison, let me tell you that as a 25-year-old I think that Kim Possible is brilliant, especially the film A Sitch in Time. It is a cartoon but one that children and adults can enjoy in different ways (a bit like The Simpsons).

In one episode, I don’t remember which one, Dr. Drakken manages to get hold of Kim and Ron and then decides to kill them both, but before he does it Ron stops him saying that he is breaking the old-age tradition of evil villains of explaining their plans to the hero before killing them.

 

That is exactly what happens in Brave New World in chapters 15 and 16, Mustapha Mond decides that it might be interesting to go on an elongated two-chapter explanation on how the ethics of the World State work, how he was a rebel once and how he is planning to send each of them their own way to be punished.

The whole thing seems far-fetched, from the fact that Mond was given the option of being exiles or becoming a world leader to discussing world literature with John, or that he would even understand it (remember that he has been conditioned too).

 

In the end Bernard and Helmholtz go to the Falkland Islands (or Islas Malvinas, take your pick) by Helmholtz choice and John is to be kept in London to carry on with the experiment.

These chapters pretty much go on and on about the same topics we’ve been seing all throughout the novel so far, only that now rather than being implicitly shown they are explicitly discussed.

 

Opinion so far

Bernard keeps annoying me, there’s absolutely nothing to save his character for me. I still think that Helmholtz is the nicest character in the book (or at least the only one that I don’t feel like running over with my car).

These two chapters, like I said, are just not believable at all, and they disappointed me. Good thing: one more chapter to go and I’m done.

 

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