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neilnr | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 20, 2011 at 7:37 AM via web

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How does religion in brave new world connect to our world today? similarities? differences?

 

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tinicraw | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted February 24, 2012 at 11:10 AM (Answer #1)

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John the Savage represents the old ideologies from the past; or in other words, he represents the accepted ideas and culture of Huxley's world in the 1930s. He also represents the "natural" ways of the Native American from monogamous relationships and their belief in a higher power. In these ways, John represents religion and is the connection to religion in our world today. He represents the feelings that religionists, believers and faithful followers of any religion face (i.e., temptation from impure thoughts and feelings, and the need for free will in order to deny themselves of unreligious acts.  John's reactions are extreme, however because he doesn't know how to react to Lenina when she comes on to him.  All he knows is to deny himself of anything against the religion that he understands. That debate continues in our world; should one follow the commandments, for example, or should they do and act as they please? The difference with John, though, is that he doesn't understand forgiveness and mercy which are also aspects of religion today. He can't seem to find a balance within himself between the new world and that which he deems to be true and right within himself.

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