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Compare and contrast the values of the Indians on the Zuni reservation with those of the Londoners in Huxley’s novel.

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alanrice | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted June 1, 2007 at 12:49 AM (Answer #1)

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What little we know for sure about the Indians values we get through John, as he tells Bernard about his life. We know that the Zuni are religious, though their faith is a mixture of Christianity and paganism. From the wedding that John witnesses, we know that they are monogomous, and from their treatment of Linda that they despise adultery. They seem to be family-oriented, as evidenced by the rite-of-passage in the kiva from which John is excluded. They must work hard for everything they have, and seem to have little in the way of material posessions, and little in the way of entertainment or amusement. Their life is hard, and they must face it with fortitude.

The citizens of the World State have no religion; their "god" is Henry Ford. What the Zuni would consider sexually immoral, they regard as normal and healthy. Family does not exist, parenthood is vaguely obscene, and there is a lack of permanance in their lives. Their society is based on the pursuit of pleasure and the avoidance of any discomfort or exertion.

The point that Huxley is making is that the "savages" hold values that we ourselves hold. By contrasting the two communities, he severely criticizes the direction he sees his society as heading.

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