Loneliness In Brave New World

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Brave New World Final Essay Loneliness tends to have the most power over someone out of all human conditions. From it stems sadness, bitterness, and all manner of melancholy temperaments. However, it can also bring enlightenment. This is the case of John, "the Savage", from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. As an outsider in every culture he encounters, John has a unique perspective of the world he lives in. This position allows for a brutally honest analysis of societies' customs. It is only through the eyes of an exile that the world's madness is fully revealed. By design, John is an outsider even upon his introduction to the novel. What is immediately visible is that he is a young white man in a village of Native Americans. As…show more content…
When John is introduced to the brave new world, he is still an outsider. However, this time he is faced with an intrusively curious city, not a spiteful village. In the World State, John's quirks make him an object of interest, not hate. Still, these differences keep him apart from others. In the end it is John who rejects society himself. This inversion presents some interesting points. The reader presumably already knows that the key characteristic of Brave New World's setting is moral decadence. It is explicitly stated many times that the citizens enjoy soma, sex, "sports", and not much else. With all these details of morality and value already given, what does the introduction of John add? Simply put, he adds context. Being a satire, Brave New World is fairly ludicrous. Without the inclusion of a truly human character for the reader to identify with, Huxley's message would have remained strictly theoretical but John's reaction to the moral decay he sees around him parallels that of the reader. He is, more or less, a placement of the reader within the novel's setting. John's perspective shows the magnitude of the values already introduced. Again, this is only possible because John is so thoroughly separate from society. For example, Bernard is initially similar to John. He is an outsider who is able to clearly see the faults of society. However, once he accepted by others (during his showcasing
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