Describe the lives, values, morals and beliefs of the savages in the "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley.

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The savages live according to the "old" values, similar in many way to our lives today.  Unlike the residents of BNW, they are each individuals, and they have a highly developed culture which guides many of their actions.  They believe in family, fatherhood, motherhood, monogomy ... all the values that make life so "unstable" that they are banned in the BNW.  They have mescal which is similar to soma, but which Linda does not like as much because it leaves her with a hangover.  Moving into "manhood" has much of the ritual attached to it that many primitive cultures have. 

Perhaps most importantly, at least to the novel, it is possible for them to  read and think as individuals; John's reading of Shakespeare, his understanding of the emotions contained in the plays, are not possible in BNW where individuality is looked upon as evil --- "When the individual feels, the community reels."

This is not to say that all is better in their society.  John is not accepted by the rest of the society, partly because of Linda's inability to understand/accept their culture (she is always a product of her initial formation in the BNW).They use drugs, are promiscuous, and are unaccepting of Linda because of her values.

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