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In the last scene from Brave New World when John's dead body is found, identify four...

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seerboldly | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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In the last scene from Brave New World when John's dead body is found, identify four language techniques (apart from imagery, simile). Also, how does John redeem himself? 

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 9, 2013 at 6:50 AM (Answer #1)

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In Chapter 18 of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, John the Savage seeks peace in isolation. However, Mustapha Mond has not allowed him this peace, and, after crowds have come to gawk at him and Darwin Napoleon has filmed him, John has paid the ultimate price: his life. He is the sacrificial victim of Mond, symbolically sacrificed to the people because he seeks to be an individual with thoughts and feelings of his own.

  • As he hangs, John is (1) a Christ figure, a symbol of the sacrificial victim.

Slowly, very slowly,like two unhurrried compass needles, the feet turned towards th right; "north, north-east, east , south seast, south-east, south, south-south west," 

  • John's bod hangs like a butchered animal's. (2) This unstated comparison, or metaphor, to animals is called (3) zoomorphism

Since the feet in the description are not all that dangles and turns, the author uses (4) synedoche, or the use of a part for the whole.

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At the beginning of the chapter, Helmholtz asks the Savage what is wrong with him, "Did you eat something that didn't agree with you?" asks Bernard, and John replies that he has eaten civilization. When Bernard is puzzled, John continues,

"It poisoned me; I was defiled. And then....I ate my own wickedness.....Now I am purified." So, John cleanses himself by taking the emetic of mustard and water, and he self-flagellates, redeeming himself through physical discomfort and spiritual meditation; however, the onslaught of the curious crowd is too much for John.

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