In Brave New World, why is John the Savage not introduced until the middle of the novel? What are the effects and reasons Huxley had for this?  

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Huxley first has to introduce and familiarize the reader with the World State so that we can understand its reaction to John and John's to it. We need to learn and internalize the logic of this brave new world. We can't, for example, understand the shock caused in this world by John's behavior with his mother Linda as she is dying if we don't understand how this world differs from our own. We need to know that for a woman in this culture to give birth is considered shocking and obscene, as is love between a mother and child. We need to know, as we learn, that children are conditioned to find death a happy occasion not to be mourned. Without this background, we won't understand the culture shock John experiences when he enters this society not knowing any of these differences.

We need to remember too that this is, in part, a laugh-out-loud funny novel. Our culture has shifted to be more like that of the World State, such as in our tendency to buy consumer goods, throw out clothes on a...

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