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b0uder | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 18, 2011 at 8:04 AM via web

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How does Lenina demonstrate that her childhood conditioning has been effective?

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timbrady | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted September 18, 2011 at 9:16 AM (Answer #1)

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It has been effective to some degree since she is shallow and seems to have absorbed the values of their society/training.  She does, however, have a problem:  she seeks a more lasting relationship with one man, something that is clearly against all her conditioning and is also interested in Marx who is a little strange;  Fanny warns her abou both these situations.  However, her conditioning returns when she meets the Savage and is attracted to him.  John attempts to relate to her as he has been "taught" in Shakespeare --- with the passions and emotions that are familiar to us, and she is unable to deal with these feelings that are contractory to all she has been conditioned to think about human/sexual relationships.  If she had been able to ovecome these, we might have had a most interesting relationship between these two characters; of course, this would have been a totally different book :)

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