Allusions in Brave New World
Brave New world is a fictional novel set in 2540 A.S. or 632 A.F. (After Ford – as referred in the novel), written in 1931-32 by Aldous Huxley. It describes the development of mankind in fields of advanced physical and reproductive health as well as psychological improvements. At the time of publication, it raked up a few controversies and got banned in few countries due to its content and language. The book gets its name from the famous Shakespearean classic “The Tempest” where Miranda delivers the dialogue “How beauteous mankind is! O Brave New World”. The novel is set in the backdrop of the great depression and is located in London. The book revolves around the philosophy of practicality and shows no belief towards any supernatural accepted God. The work is an excellent example of allusion which has been applied to almost characters as well as their situations.
Before we understand the concept of the novel it is very important to know what allusion is. The allusion is a use of a phrase or reference, directly or indirectly to a circumstance, or a person or anything without explicitly stating the obvious. It is a way of watching the sea through a keyhole where something is stated and the reader or audience can directly relate to the actual event. We use allusions in daily life as well; when we use a specific term to describe a situation or some person, like “he is playing a Romeo” referring to the fact