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jode | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted May 6, 2010 at 11:41 PM via web

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In the book Brave New World, how does John's revulsion against everything in the World State reach its limits in the hospital?

 

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mstultz72 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 6, 2010 at 11:49 PM (Answer #1)

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In Chapter 14 of Brave New World, while John is in the Hospital for the Dying, he is revulsed by the following:

  • The lack of caring for the dying and infirm: his mother's death is treated without regard in the Brave New World.
  • His mother's denial of him: she calls him Pope.
  • The lack of friendship.  Bernard has deceived John, using him as a means to an end, not as a true friend.
  • The intrusion of the children.  They remind John of bad memories of his childhood on the Reservation and Pope.
  • The easy escape through soma.  Again, bad memories of mescal abuse on the Reservation are triggered.

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