Explain what the following quotation tells us about John's character in Brave New World.John 1. After throwing away their soma, John shouts at the Deltas, "Don't you even understand what manhood...

Explain what the following quotation tells us about John's character in Brave New World.

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1. After throwing away their soma, John shouts at the Deltas, "Don't you even understand what manhood and freedom are? [...] Very well, then, I'll teach you; I'll make you be free whether you want to or not."(Huxley 187)

 

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What this shows us about John is just how important the ideas of freedom and individualism are to him and just how uncompromising he is about them.  It is fair to say that he is a fanatic.

John has fully internalized the values that he has seen in Shakespeare's writings.  He believes in them enough to take some risks (causing a riot) to his own safety.  Perhaps even more importantly, he believes in them enough to try to disrupt others' lives for their own good.  He believes in them enough to blind him to reality.  It might be possible to move Alphas towards feeling these things, but Deltas are very unlikely to have the kind of mental capacity needed.

So what this shows is that John is a fanatic who believes so deeply in his values that he becomes somewhat reckless and somewhat blinded to reality.

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