Brave New World: the Alienation of John in Both Cultures

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Cursed to a life of isolation because of his appearance, values, and outrageous thoughts, John was alienated mentally, emotionally, and physically in both the Savage Culture and the World State Culture. Torn between keeping true to his virtues and conforming to society, the treatment of John highlights the values of both cultures in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Not looking like the rest of the Indians on the reservation hampered John's ability to fit in with the Savage society. John wanted more than anything to be a part of the Indian culture, to be part of the ritual, to give his life. "Why wouldn't they let me be the sacrifice? I'd have gone round ten times–– twelve, fifteen." John asked why, but he knew the answer. "But they …show more content…

Before long, representatives from different newspapers were there trying to get a story out of him. A "feely" was made of John self flagellating himself which sent a wave of tourists to see it in person. "What do you want with me?" They wanted the whip, they wanted entertainment. That is all John was good for, amusement. When John woke up the next morning he remembered everything. "Oh, my God, my God!" He had succumbed to the one thing he was most set against; he had participated in the orgy the night before. Seclusion was no long enough; there was only one more solution––death. "At Malpais he had suffered because they had shut him out from the communal activities of the pueblo, in civilized London he was suffering because he could never escape from these communal activities, never be quietly alone." In the savage society John was always alone, alienated from everyone else. In the World State society he could never be free, never be alone. He was an outcast in both places, but in different ways. "If one's different, one's bound to be lonely. They're beastly to one." John's loneliness showed how beastly both societies really were to people who were different. Neither one was better than the