Brave New World by Aldus Huxley/Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Brave New World: First published 1932/Allegiant: First published January 1st 2013
Plot Description: In Allegiant, the last book in the Divergent series, we learn that the faction system was created because the government believed that society’s problems were caused by people’s bad genes. Divergents are therefore the genetically pure individuals whose genes have corrected themselves. Tris and Four, now outside the city of Chicago, are able to see the destruction that was caused during the Purity Wars and believes that it is still happening. This is very similar to that of Aldus Huxley’s Brave New World. Here we see a futuristic Utopia that has adopted genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs to keep the members of society subdued and happy. Bernard alone seems to be unhappy in this place and finds solace in one of the few Savage Reservations left on the world where there is no eugenics or caste society. Bernard, along with his friend Helmholtz, are exiled to the Falkland Islands for their non-conformist behavior, to live with other freethinkers.
Quantitative Reading Level: Brave New World: 7.5/Allegiant: 5.7
Qualitative Reading Analysis: Moderately to Very Complex. Between Brave New World and Allegiant we are looking at how future governments have experimented with the human body and genome. The government is striving for neutrality and “pure genes” and the concepts of dystopian societies are a more complex idea to handle and discuss. What makes the government want to change the people? What makes the people fight back?
Content Area: History/Social Science, Science, English-Language Arts/Writing
CC Content Area Standard: Biol/LS 9-12.2, RL 11-12.1-4, RL 11-12.9, RI 11-12.1, RI 11-12.3-4, RI 11-12.8, W.11-12.1-2, W 11-12.4, W 11-12.7-8, W 11-12.10
Curriculum Lesson Plans:
Dark Materials- Reflecting on Dystopian Themes in Young Adult Literature – http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/06/dark-materials-reflecting-on-dystopian-themes-in-young-adult-literature/?_r=0
Brave New World – http://novelinks.org/pmwiki.php?n=Novels.BraveNewWorld
Other Fun Resources:
- Allegiant Characters – Tobias Eaton, Beatrice Prior, Peter, Caleb Prior, Christina
- Brave New World Characters – John, Bernard Marx, Lenina Crowne, Helmholtz Watson, Mustapha Mond