I recall that in Brave New World, the perspective changes rapidly between characters, sometimes as little as a single line of text is given then the perspective changes to someone else entirely. Why was that done?

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    I honestly don't get the question. Can you clarify it?
    – user65648
    Commented Apr 12, 2018 at 18:52
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    This is a question that would be better asked at either writing.stackexchange.com or literature.stackexchange.com, dealing as it does with writing technique more than any science fictional content of the story.
    – Jules
    Commented Apr 12, 2018 at 19:12
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    @C.Koca: in the beginning, there is a few pages of very fast changes of point of view. The book switches between several characters in several locations, sometimes dwelling on a single character for a sentence or two before changing entirely. It's a unique thing that I'd never seen in print before Commented Apr 12, 2018 at 23:09
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    This question is now being discussed on meta.
    – Kevin
    Commented Apr 13, 2018 at 0:18

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The goal is to get as much information to the reader about the society as possible. So we hear from a lot of people in many areas, all supplying a bit more info.

In films, this would be like the opening that shows many people in rapid succession, each doing their own thing, all illuminating the world you're seeing.

A montage in print, effectively.

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