John the Savage is portrayed as a foil to many of the characters in the novel who lack the same kind of freedom people enjoy in our society. He contrasts his mother, Linda, who was raised and conditioned under the structure of the World State. As a resident of the Savage Reservation, his childhood lacked many of the aspects which bring London to its state in the novel. Meanwhile, Linda says, “Everyone belongs to every (one else).” (Huxley, 103) Even while dying, she still has the infantile perspective which was indoctrinated at birth. One of the other characters that John the Savage contrasts is Lenina, as they share a common attraction, but opposing ideas of love. John shows a relatively immature sense of sexuality, relying on Shakespeare in his stance on sex, “If thou cost bre...
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...ave New World. He shows an example of how humans are shaped by those around them. John is relatable to people today because of the way that he differs from every other citizen living in the World State. He has flaws which are fundamentally similar to those of people today. Regardless, he is similar to people living under the World State by being heavily affected by his surroundings, contrary to the image of him as a champion of freedom. In a similar way, humans today are like John, because they are affected by their surroundings in a way that makes their choice simply a consequence of how they interpret their world. Ultimately, by presenting different points-of-view through the flawed characters and the state of society in Brave New World, Aldous Huxley shows the importance of perspective when analysing complex situations, such as questions of free will and morality.
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