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DHC (Tomakin) in Brave New World

Instructor: Kaitlin Oglesby

Kaitlin has a BA in political science and extensive experience working in the business world as Director of Marketing and Business Development at a financial advice firm.

One of the first characters encountered in Brave New World is the Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning, or the DHC. He seems to be a World State man all the way, but his secret will be his downfall.

The Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning

Have you ever had a boss who you wished you could get sweet revenge against? In Brave New World, Bernard Marx gets just such an opportunity against his own boss, the Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning.

The Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning is one of the first characters that we meet in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. After all, he runs the organization into which every citizen of society is born and raised. His explanations as he is giving a tour of the hatcheries to the new staff members, help the reader to be introduced just the kind of society we will be presented with in the novel. As for his own character, we are immediately impressed with two facts:

  1. this is someone who has the utmost faith in the society that he is a part of
  2. he is himself a very important part of that society.

Alternatively referred to as Thomas or simple as the DHC, he inspires a great deal of respect in those who work for him. That is, all but Bernard, one of his employees who does not fit the mold of the World State (the governing body of society). However, Bernard finds out that Thomas has quite the secret to hide that will end up bringing down everything that Thomas held dear.

Brave New World cover
Brave New World cover

A Lost Son

While on a trip to the Reservation with Lenina, the female protagonist, Bernard encounters someone among the natives who speaks perfect English. It turns out that this savage, named John, has a mother named Linda who was once a lover of Thomas's.

Linda and Thomas had visited the Reservation years before, just like Lenina and Bernard are now. However, Linda was left behind, and because of a failure of her contraceptives, she became pregnant with Thomas' son. Despite searching, Thomas was unable to find Linda after she was lost. In fact, Linda even refers to Thomas as Tomakin, though it's a bit unclear if this is because it is a pet name or if it is just a faded memory.

Having children is the ultimate faux pas in the society of Brave New World, so when Bernard hatches a plan to bring John and Linda back to meet Thomas, the result is not good for Thomas. He ends up running out of the hatchery, unable to face the shame of the fact that the person responsible for ensuring a parent-free society is a parent himself.

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