Aldous Huxley's novel, Brave New World. Essay

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Aldous Huxley's novel, Brave New World.

In Aldous Huxley's novel, Brave New World, John the Savage is a combination of the two societies in which he exists. He is also an outsider in both. By having such a removed character, Huxley is able to create the perfect foil that brings out the flaws within the societies. As an outsider, John sees some of the paradoxes that exist in the New World.

Upon coming to the New World, John sees religious influence in certain objects and customs although Mustapha Mond says that religion has become unnecessary. Mond claims that the society is "independent of
God," (p. 233) however there are still strong undertones of religious sanctity and ritual within the society. In essence, the sign of the
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83) is felt and madness begins. As the tension builds and builds the loyalty towards Ford builds up to an orgasmic peak of intensity with chanting and dancing in the name of Ford, soon a "rich and living peace" (p. 85) is reached. Similar to those feelings that the Holy Spirit would bring upon a member of the Christian church, the ritual of the Solidarity Group makes everyone "full perfect, [and] still more than merely" themselves (p. 85). Another paradox about the supposed lack of religion in the New World is the fact that My Life and Work by Our Ford is designed to look like the Bible. My Life and
Work is bound in a "limp black leather-surrogate and stamped with large golden T's" (p. 217-18) which when compared to the appearance of many Bibles, is strikingly similar. The usage of word "limp" to describe the book implies that it has been read numerous times and is an old, cherished book. And by simply stating that "large golden T's" are stamped on the book signify importance and even a bit of extravagance. The placement of the book is also significant because by being "under the window" (p. 217) it allows the book to bask in the light. In the Christian religion, light is symbolically linked to the truth and purity; therefore, if the two societies are as similar as they seem to be, it is only fair to assume that My Life and Work is a well-read religiously themed book that is basking in the purifying light. John enters the new with the idea that

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