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The Disconnect Between John And The Brave New World

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Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, exemplifies the idea that in an ever-growing modern world, one who demonstrates traditional values about love will be unable to cope up with the questionable morals and differentiating, controversial values present, seen through John’s difficult experience in the Brave New World. In the novel, there is a severe disconnect between what John was taught and the ideals of the Brave New World, which encouraged ruthless, unemotional, and quick interactions with someone found attractive instead of a stable relationship with a loved one. As a result, John struggled greatly to try to adapt to the Brave New World while still trying to maintain his own values, and ...view middle of the document...

While he may have seemed curious at first, letting “that sensation on his lips” from the film continue, he was unable to process what was going on and could not accept the values even in the film, seen through his stern warning to Lenina, saying that “ ‘I do not think you ought to see things like this’ “ (154-155). While he did indeed try to be open and non judgmental, when the film conflicted with his own righteous morals, John made sure to make it a point to state his mind. However, his strong opinions greatly conflicted with the people from the Brave New World, seen through Lenina’s great anticipation for going to the Feelys and her ultimate reluctance to leave, “with [the] ghost [of the kiss] fluttered against her lips, still traced fine shuddering roads of anxiety and pleasure across her skin” (155). Lenina seems to have genuinely enjoyed the Feelys and this stark contrast, just in what was considered in a form of entertainment, begins to create a rift in between John and the people of the Brave New World, as he is so adamant to stick to his own ways that he could never adapt or conform unless he accepted their values. This eventually results in the tragedy at the end of the novel, due to the fact that this small discord in between the ideals that continues to grow as John resided in civilization longer, showing how he would never be able to survive in such a society, seen through the Brave New World’s disapproval of his ideals found in Shakespeare.
As John continues to stay in London, his realization about how conflicting civilization is from his own values is demonstrated when one of the only people he befriended, Helmholtz, unintentionally mocks one of his favorite, most precious poems by Shakespeare, demonstrating his inability to survive in London without being tainted with their ideals, leading to the final tragedy at the end of the novel. While John openly expressed how his feelings about love through Romeo and Juliet, with ideas of sacrifice, waiting for someone, and true love, as he pictures him and Lenina in this situation, Helmholtz reacts by “breaking out in an explosion of uncontrolled guffawing...the idiotic girl [Juliet] not saying that she was having some one else whom (for the moment at any rate) she preferred! In its smutty absurdity the situation was irresistibly comical” (168). While John truly believed that Juliet wad doing the truly noble thing to do, and admired her, Helmholtz had the total opposite reaction, ridiculing the poem for it’s strange ways. If one of the only people that John had come close to in London could not understand his ideas and morals about love, it is evident that John’s conflict with the Brave New World’s ideals poses a larger issue that can only be resolved by his submission to their ways, which leads to the tragedy at the end of the novel. However, his ultimate downward path is seen through his relationship with Lenina that results in him evoking emotions that he could not control.
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