Essay about Analysis Of ' Brave New World '

1079 Words Feb 24th, 2016 5 Pages
Sexism shows itself repeatedly in literature, from the overly masculine, emotionless male hero to the women being portrayed as either weak and pitiful–or evil and seductive–making it a topic that is impossible to overlook. But at times, it is hard to determine whether or not the author is being deliberately sexist or is subconsciously influenced by the era in which he/she is writing. In Brave New World, gender goes alongside class in creating a world full of gender-based bias and stereotypes. Since the book was published in 1932, this was a time where men in particular may have been unaware of how influenced they were by the patriarchal culture of the time. Brave New World is a textbook example of sexism in literature, but gender roles and the inequality of women might be more directly linked to a result of widespread patriarchal supremacy in the early 20th century rather than an isolated case of deliberate, sexist decisions.
Brave New World was published fourteen years after World War One ended, and four years after women got the right to vote in England. It was a time of change and of new ideas, but also a time of economic depression–of the working class made up of those who had recently lived through and fought in the world war. Men were still seen as the rational sex, while women were expected to be emotional. In a conversation between Lenina and Henry on the life of an Epsilon, Lenina states, “I’m glad I’m not an Epsilon” (74). The use of the word “glad” indicates an…

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