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fattal | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted May 28, 2010 at 7:13 AM via web

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Similarities and differences between John the savage and Bernard Marx

Brave New World

Although they were raised very differently, Bernard Marx and John the Savage are both dissatisfied with the society of the brave new world. What qualities do the characters have in common? How are they different? Compare their strengths and weaknesses.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 28, 2010 at 7:17 AM (Answer #1)

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I do not think that these two have much in common.  Bernard and John are both at least somewhat dissatisfied with the brave new world, but I am not sure that Bernard's dissatisfaction is real.

Look what happens when Bernard becomes famous because of John.  He starts to really embrace the society -- he changes his attitude towards sex and towards getting ahead in the society.  I do not think that he is really dissatisfied with the society per se.  Instead, I think he is dissatisfied with his place in the society.

John, on the other hand, really is dissatisfied with the society.  He is more honest than Bernard and more committed to his convictions.  That is why he kills himself while Bernard begs not to be exiled.

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