Societal Observations of Identity in Brave New World

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Societal Observations of Identity in Brave New World

Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World is one of future observations and assumptions. Huxley makes observations about a society that has lost individual identity and replaced it with collective identity. To prove this the following points will be addressed, Huxley uses John, the savage to demonstrate the loss of identity, he uses John because he is an individual and shows the variance between him and those living in Brave New World. When Lenina and Bernard visit the savage reservation they are shocked and disgusted at the way they live which shows the different between their individuality. The novel is set in the Brave New World where everyone does their given jobs without questioning and everything is stable.

To demonstrate how Brave New Worlds society has lost individual identity Huxley uses John. John is from the savage reservation were everyone is an individual, John is taken back to Brave New World and is shocked at the loss of individuality. “The Savage stood looking on, "O brave new world, O brave new world…" In his mind the singing words seemed to change their tone. They had mocked him through his misery and remorse, mocked him with how hideous a note of cynical derision!” This quote demonstrates what John thinks of Brave New World. He thinks it is a horrible place whereas those who live in Brave New World are not individuals and all believe Brave New World is the only right place to live. It also shows how John would quote Shakespeare separating him from the crowd, he is an individual. John was shocked at how they live in Brave New World, Lenina and Bernard went to the savage reservation and were also stunned at how they live there.

Huxley uses the plot of Lenina and Bernard visiting the savage reservation in order to express the how those in Brave New World have lost their individuality. He compares the savage reservation and the Brave New World to make it clearer to the readers just how...
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