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Is his vision totally negative - or does Brave New World hold out some shred of hope, some alternative mode that fosters both freedom and community? Is his vision totally negative - or does Brave New World hold out some shred of hope, some alternative mode that fosters both freedom and community?

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In line with the above post, after Bernard Marx is taken away in Chapter XVI,  Mustapha Mond tells Helmholtz and John that Bernard should not have whimpered so when told that he is going to Iceland because

"...if he had the smallest sense, he'd understand that his punishment is really a reward....That's to say he's being sent to a place where he'll meet the most interesting set of men and women to be found anywhere in the world.  All the people who, for one reason or another, have got too self-consciously individual to fit into the community-life.  All the people who aren't satisfied with orthodoxy, who've got independent ideas of their own.  Every one, in a word, who's any one.  I almost envy you, Mr. Watson."

Perhaps, then, there will be enough individuals on the islands for a small society to begin.

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I do not think that hope died with John.  I'm not really convinced that John even represented hope for a better way of life.  To me, John had serious problems and his character was...

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