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In Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, why do the people not want to see Linda? What is the plan for her?

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Posted March 5, 2013 at 6:29 PM (Answer #1)

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Linda is John the Savage's mother. She grew up in the New World in one of the higher social classes of the society. She was trained to believe that having a child was a gross and degrading thing for any woman to endure. She had her child after having been impregnated by a director and left alone on the reservation after he abandoned her there.  She grew old and fat during her time on the reservation; hence, she was repulsive to the clean society of the New World when she was reintroduced to it. Linda did not react well once she reentered her past society. In chapter 10, Linda is brought to the Director of Hatcheries by Bernard and she publicly exposes her relationship with him. After declaring that the director was a father and she was a mother, chapter eleven explains that

"nobody had the smallest desire to see Linda. To say one was a mother--that was past a joke: it was an obscenity. Moreover, she wasn't a real savage, she had been hatched out of a bottle and conditioned like any one else. . . Finally--there was her appearance. Fat; having lost her youth; with bad teeth and a blotched complexion. . ." (183).

As for Linda, she did not want to see all of the beautiful, young people of the New World, either. She wanted the clean, unaffected holiday of soma. A doctor by the name of Shaw said that Linda was allowed to have as much soma as she wanted so the "holiday" would be continuous. The doctor also said that she would die within a month or so if she continued with the drugs and that would be "a good thing" (183). Hence, the idea was to let Linda sleep her way to death rather than have to face the rest of her life as an imperfect person in a perfect world.

 

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