The reader is then introduced to the class system of this world, where citizens are sorted as embryos to be of a certain class.
The embryos, which exist within tubes and incubators, are provided with differing amounts of chemicals and hormones in order to condition them into predetermined classes.
In this society, emotions and individuality are conditioned out of children at a young age, and there are no lasting relationships because “every one belongs to every one else” (a common World State dictum).
Huxley begins the novel by thoroughly explaining the scientific and compartmentalized nature of this society, beginning at the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre, where children are created outside the womb and cloned in order to increase the population.
Another woman appears (who is implied to be Lenina), and John attempts to whip her too.
John is soon overcome with passion, and, after coming under the influence of soma, he falls asleep.
Marx presents Linda and John to the Director, and John, the son the Director never knew he had, calls the Director “father.” This provokes the Director’s resignation, as procreation between persons is outlawed, and his crime has been exposed.
John is kept in the “brave new world,” as he calls it, as a sort of experiment.
The next morning, appalled at his complicity in the system, he hangs himself.
was written between World War I and World War II, the height of an era of technological optimism in the West.