Brave New World, written by Aldous Huxley examines alienation due to ones personal beliefs to show the values of society. John is a character who is not accepted into the modern society of BNW, due to his clashing values with civilization the values of BNW soon become evident. This opposition and alienation is present throughout the entire novel, in order to show the values of BNW. It is first depicted when John is shocked by how the people of BNW values sex above all else. Secondly, BNW’s values are shown through John’s opposite views on freedom. Lastly, throughout John’s clashing opinion on Religion it shows BNW’s values of “Modern Religion”. In the end the opposing values between John and the society of BNW, John feels alienated, causing the values of BNW to become evident.
John’s first run in with the conflicting values of BNW, is when he sees how the people of BNW value sex and multiple partners as normal. It is shown in the book with Lenina being John’s first love interest; Lenina tries to seduce John as her values tell her to. “She too had poetry at her command, knew words that sang and were spells and beat drums. ‘Kiss me’; she closed her eyes, she let her voice sink to a sleepy murmur, ‘kiss me till I’m in a coma. Hug me, honey, snuggly…” (Huxley, 170) However, John believes sex should be reserved for marriage, in the text the Savage reservation held values similar to the religious values the current generation of Christians, who believe having sex before marriage is wrong. Next, it is depicted within the text, when John and Mustapha Mond discuss the different values of BNW “You can indulge in any number of pleasant vices with a freemartin and run no risks of having your eyes put out by yours sons mistress.”...
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... want Goodness, I want sin.” (Huxley, 211) John is frustrated by the opposing values and alienation he has felt while he stays in BNW society. He is confused by the value placed upon a new “Modern Religion”.
In conclusion it is obvious that due to John’s opposing values with BNW society and his alienation. It is possible to see the strong values of BNW society. It is seen through John’s opposing values of sex and polygamy with that of BNW. Another way it is shown is through freedom, John’s alienation and values on freedom it is clearly depicted that BNW places zero value on freedom. Lastly, religion is very important to John and believing in God causes much alienation due to BNW’s value of “Modern Religion”. John’s character represents our society today and with major modernization and globalization this fictional society of Brave New World may soon become reality.
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