- Year Published: 1932.
- Pages: 288.
Brave New World Summary of Chapters
Chapters 1 – 3
Chapter one of Brave New World starts off in a rather plain and boring building. The building is called the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Center. This famous building contains bottles that are grown through an assembly line. One day, the manager of this building decides to take some students on a tour of the building. He tells them what the process is and why it is done in that way. During his tour, he also mentions a caste system. However, he does not talk about this as thoroughly as he probably should.
In the second chapter, we see the students and the manager move on through the different rooms. In particular, the Infant Nurseries and the Neo-Pavolian Conditioning Rooms. It is here where children are manipulated through a process called hypnopaedia. It would seem that mainstream Christianity has been taken over by “Our Ford” worship. The cross has been taken over by “T”. “T” meaning Ford’s Model T.
Chapter three contains several different settings. Firstly, we see the students continue their tour. Only, this tour is now taken by Mustapha Mond. He is among the World’s top ten World Controllers. Mond tells the students that self-pleasure and promiscuity are immoral. They are not to be a part of society. As these tours continue, a couple of women named Lenina and Fanny were talking about how Lenina had been in a relationship with a man named Henry Foster. They had been in a relationship for about four months. Henry tries his hardest to give Bernard Marx a bit of soma. Soma is a type of drug that is thought to be: produce pleasant hallucinations, also narcotic and euphoric. It turns out that Marx was invited by Lenina to a reservation. This is a fact that will be mentioned later on in the book.
Chapters 4 – 6
In Chapter four we discover that Lenina has agreed to take Bernard’s offer up. When they arrive at the reservation, however, Bernard acts as though he is embarrassed by her. This is because she told him: “If you still want to be with me”. Benito Hoover leaves the reservation at the same time that Lenina does. He also offers Bernard some soma drug.
Chapter five sees Lenina and Henry take a flight to a cabaret. During the flight, they talk about death as if it was a concept nobody could understand. Lenina is confused when Henry tells her that humans are both physico and chemically equal. When a human dies they are collected from being burned as Alpha’s body is.
In Chapter six we see that Lenina is quite uncomfortable with Bernard’s view of individualism. But she still decides to attend the reservation with him anyway. At the reservation, Bernard sees the manager so he can make the final arrangements for their trip. The manager accidentally told him that he was once in love with a girl at a reservation he once attended. Sadly, the girl died. When the manager is told of the odd behavior that Bernard was showing, he makes a threat. The threat was that he would send him to Iceland. Bernard arrived in New Mexico. As soon as he arrives, he contacts his friend whose name is Helmholtz Watson. Helmholtz informs him that the manager’s threat was very real. This left Bernard quite scared about it. As a result, he takes a couple of soma drugs.
Chapters 7 – 9
As we continue on to chapter seven, we see Lenina and Bernard watching a religious ceremony. This ceremony was a mixture of native and Christianity beliefs. They find themselves quite surprised when they come across John who is white. They learn that John was one of the son’s of the manager. John had a mother whose name was Linda. She sadly was lost to “civilization”. She also resided on the native reservation.
John tells Lenina and Bernard in chapter eight about his upbringing as a child. He told them how the community shunned him simply because he had white skin. He was also shunned because his mother was somewhat promiscuous.
In Chapter nine, we see Bernard seeking permission from professionals to get John and Linda back to the city of London. As this is going on, Linina remains in New Mexico. She has been induced with soma. John does all he can to get to her in her room. He thinks about touching her but then changes his mind.
Chapters 10 – 13
In Chapter ten, we see that Bernard takes John and Linda to the manager. As a result of this, he resigns immediately.
Chapter eleven sees John receiving a lot of attention. More so than Bernard. As a result of this, he changes into a rather arrogant and popular man. John wants to have sex with Lenina. After he has sex with her, he lets her know that she should never see movies that are ‘ignoble’. He then leaves her without anything.
In chapter twelve we see that John stays away from an event that Bernard is hosting. Helmholtz and John are now the only friends that Bernard. John decides to read: Romeo and Juliet. He imagines that Lenina is Juliet and he is Romeo.
Chapter thirteen sees John opening the door. He thought he would be seeing Helmholtz, but in fact, it is Lenina instead. Whilst John and Lenina were never attracted to each other, Lenina prepared herself by taking a little bit of soma. Their different personalities lead them into conflict. As this is going on, a phone call comes in for John informing him that his mother is unwell.
Chapters 14 – 15
These two chapters see John going to see his mother. It turns out she is dying in a hospital. It does not take long for his mother to die. John has no idea what to do.
Meanwhile, Helmholtz and Bernard were informed about what John was going through. They race to the hospital. They see there are one hundred and fifty Delta’s waiting for their drugs. John decides to throw some drugs away after some assistance from Helmholtz. Finally, the police take over and all of them are arrested.
Chapters 16 – 18
In these final chapters, we see that the men were thrown into a Mustapha Mond room rather than jail. Mond tells them about how stable society is and how two of them will be sent to reside on some islands.
Mustapha tells John separately that he had learned about his suffering and religion. John claims the right to be unhappy.
John is not required to live on an island. However, he remains on his own and lives in a lighthouse instead. He does all he can to make himself clean. Sadly, John goes noticed and is treated very badly. Meanwhile, Lenina visits him and people start an orgy. John is embarrassed by Lenina and decides to hang himself.