How is John intellectually and emotionally different from the Alphas of civilized society?
John is innocent and pure of heart. Having been raised by the Indians of New Mexico, he has been taught the values that we all respect today, but these values are taboo in the civilized world of the Alphas. The only books John has been exposed to are those of Shakespeare, and it is Shakespeare's plays and sonnets that have influenced John to think the way he does. He views the world and humanity through these works, but his views are totally opposite of the Alphas. John doesn't understand why the civilized world doesn't value the things he does, but mostly he cannot understand why his father doesn't want him or care about him. John doesn't fit into his father's world and never could. His beliefs and values are too different to ever be reconciled.