Analysis Of ' Brave New World ' By Aldous Huxley

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Tamilore Adeleke Mr. Harper English 12 02 May, 2016 ‘O brave new world that has such people in it!’ John, the Savage The beauty and uniqueness of a character comes from their imperfections and the ability of the reader to relate to their circumstance. In the novel ‘Brave New World’ written by Aldous Huxley, John, ‘the savage’, demonstrates this. The beauty of his character is seen in his refusal to accept the ways of the World State and his unrelenting heroism to force change, unlike the other characters in the story. The novel tells the story of life in an imagined futuristic society, where stability is established through the limitation of the citizens. The basis of this stability is the conditioning of its members to accept their place in life and the preference of stability to individuality. John, the illegitimate son of Linda and the Director, who is born and brought up in the Savage Reservation, refuses to accept the beliefs of the New World, thus making him a tragic hero. According to Aristotle, a great philosopher, the hero of a tragedy must evoke in the audience a sense of pity or fear, display human characteristics, have an insurmountable imperfection that leads to their downfall, face either an internal or external conflict and come to a realization of their ruin. For the purpose of associating John to a tragic hero, one would need to closely analyse the characteristics listed above and how they relate to him. Certainly, a tragic hero is character of honorable and distinguished stature, and is usually different from other characters. This is evident in John, the most important character in the novel, who occupies an important position in the story and embodies morality in a society where ‘eve... ... middle of paper ... ...o claim his right to be an individual. Indeed, the novel is not solely about individuality as it is about society as a whole. Against the inhumane setting of the story, the writer is able to experiment with various ideas and philosophies, using a comprehensive cast of characters to promote his ideologies. The story can be said to be one of survival; not survival in regards to the natural world, but survival of the human race and of individuals trying to live in a world where the individual spirit is nonexistent. John is a perfect example of this, as he tries to survive in a society where people have lost their identity and freedom. This is evidently seen, through his important role in society, the errors and mistakes he makes that lead to his death, his tragic downfall. Works Cited ‘Huxley, Aldous L. Brave New World. London: Vintage, 2004. Print.’ .
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