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shinsuna | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 3, 2010 at 9:39 PM via web

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Discuss the role of John the Savage, associated with those of Bernard Marx and Helmholtz in Brave New World.

 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 3, 2010 at 9:45 PM (Answer #1)

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I would talk about how all three of these men are the main "rebels" in the "civilized" society.  You might say that they show various levels of reaction to the values of that society.

In order of least rebellious to most rebellious, we have Bernard, Helmholtz, and John.

Bernard is clearly least rebellious in that he does not want to be exiled and he really enjoys the fame he gets from his association with John.  Helmholtz is willing to really stick his neck out (poems, the brawl) and is also willing to take his exile.  John hates the society so much he prefers to die.

The three show a range of rebellious reactions to the society in the novel.

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