Why was Linda segregated and shunned by the rest of the pueblo in Brave New World?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Chapter 8 of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World is a pivotal chapter as it juxtaposes the "civilized" culture of the New World against that of the "savage" Reservation.  Stranded after having fallen and disappeared from the site of the Director who has taken her there, Linda is rescued by the Indians and must live with them.  In her culture "everyone belongs to everyone else," so she does not understand the immorality of sleeping with all the men that she does.  For doing so, the women beat her as she is considered by them as a whore who has no right to their men.

Furthering the contrast in cultures is the fact that Linda does not know how to use the weaving machines before she is ostracized.  Later she cannot mend John's clothes and the other children ridicule him.  Because of her rejection and isolation, Linda drinks the mescal and tries to escape as she has done in the New World with soma .

With the narration of John of the past experiences he and Linda have had, the contrast in the true values of the reservation with the manufactured values of the New World that exists in the years of Ford becomes very apparent.  Clearly, the New World has many flaws. 

This chapter also serves to foreshadow the impossibility of John's adjustment to the New World when Bernard takes this "noble savage" back with him.  The Rousseauian motif cannot be missed here as once exposed to the New World, the innocent and noble John is sullied and cannot be happy.

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This is because she completely did not understand the values and ways of her new community.

You have to remember that she came from "civilization" and so she had all those values and ideas that we see people having in England in this book.  When she found herself stuck in the reservation, she continued to act on those values.  What that meant is that she slept with pretty much anyone who wanted her.  That made all the women hate her for sleeping with their husbands and it made everyone see her as a whore.

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