Irony in Brave New World Video


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What does the nurse find shocking about the child's play in the garden in Brave New World?

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1. What type of literary device is used when Lenina is unsure about whether or not John likes her in Brave New World?

2. Why does John claim disease, ugliness, and torture in Brave New World?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Aldous Huxley's novel Brave New World presents irony in many forms. Ironic speeches, situations and relationships abound throughout the novel. This quiz and worksheet combination looks at and tests you on several of these and more.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will answer questions about:

  • Why a nurse is surprised at a child's behavior
  • The type of irony demonstrated by Lenina's description of John's feelings for her
  • John's reasons for claiming his right to a number of ills
  • Huxley's use of situational irony regarding the children at play

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of figurative language to identify the types of irony Huxley uses in the novel
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the ironic significance of the children playing in the garden
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the specific type of irony John displays in his speech concerning syphilis, torture, and so on

Additional Learning

To study Aldous Huxley's use of irony in greater depth, access the lesson titled Irony in Brave New World. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the significance of John's quote that he has the right to be unhappy
  • Explain why Lenina is confused about whether or not John likes her
  • Identify the World State's motto
  • Discuss why the reader may find the nurse's comments about one of the children disturbing