John the Savage in 'Brave New World'
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In this article, the writer describes that Aldous Huxley's novel, 'Brave New World', is a futuristic story of an Earth where people do not age, and do not reproduce, but where they also suppress their feelings by taking drugs, and do not 'experience' life as we understand it. The writer concentrates on the character of John the Savage that is one of the last characters that 'Brave New World' introduces to the reader. It is clear from the novel that John the Savage ultimately destroys all those from the World State that he comes to know regularly. The writer discusses that even John himself is finally destroyed by his interaction with the world: unable to face the mounting pressure to 'perform' his self-flagellation for the viewing public, and saddened by his beating of Lenina, he commits suicide. The writer concludes that Huxley wanted to show that life without emotion is nothing, and so those who are confronted by emotion in the shape of John the savage must be punished.
From the Paper:"However, John has not been raised in isolation from the Savages, and is therefore able to read literature which would have been unavailable in the World State He lives in isolation, in-between the worlds of his mother, Linda, and that of his adopted tribe. His story makes clear that he has not been totally accepted by the tribe; and later events make it clear that he will not be accepted by the World State either.
"The personality of John, as is revealed in the first chapters, is that of a rather enthusiastic, naive young man. He does not realize that Bernard and Lenina are revolted by him, at this stage he does not understand the differences between his present life, and the World State ...
Sample of Sources Used:
- Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
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