World The world is controlled centrally, following a nine-year war between super powers which led to economic collapse. There is total social stability. World population is maintained at two thousand million



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In 1932 Aldous Huxley wrote a book called Brave New World. In it he envisioned life six

hundred years into the future. The following text presents his vision of the future.

What does the future hold?

World

The world is controlled centrally, following a nine-year war between super powers which led

to economic collapse.

There is total social stability. World population is maintained at two thousand million. English

is the only language, all others are dead. There is no religion. History and literature are

censored.



People

Everyone is happy. Babies are born in test-tubes, and by careful use of chemicals and

conditioning (babies are taught in their sleep), people are designed to perform certain functions in life. There are five classes of people. There is no illness or disease, but there is also no

emotion or privacy. Everyone looks young until they are sixty, when they are sent to hospital

to die.

Entertainment

People go to the feelies, where they not only see pictures, but also feel and smell them. There

is no love or marriage, and sex is an important form of entertainment.

Everyone takes a drug called soma, in the evenings with friends and for sleep holidays that last two weeks.

The economy

Everybody works seven and a half hours a day, not because this is necessary (they have the

technology to allow no-one to work) but because people like their work and would otherwise

have too much free time.

It is a throwaway, consumer society.

Travel


The better classes travel everywhere by helicopter, and go on weekend holidays to the other

side of the world. Rockets can go from London to America in six and half hours, travelling at

1,250 kilometres per hour.
Prepare a short speech on the question:

“How realistic is Aldous Huxley’s vision of the future in your opinion?“



Words and phrases

presenting the author’s views

the author claims that / states / maintains / predicts



considering the predictions

Personally, I (do not) find such an argument convincing / a claim /a statement

Personally, I think this is very unlikely to happen. / rather improbable /likely to come true

quite unrealistic / quite realistic



presenting your own opinion

It is my belief that / view / opinion / in my opinion / in my view / to my mind



as far as I can see... / There is no question that / doubt

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