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In Brave New World, why do Bernard and Lenina take John and Linda back to the World State?

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In Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, the world is profoundly different than we know it. The society as a whole is manufactured and run by an organization known as the World State—a systematic governmental system that uses genetic engineering and eugenics to create an atheistic, “utopian,” caste society.

Bernard Marx, the protagonist, is an alpha—the highest level of person in the World State. He is different though: he is too smart for his own good, and he is different than others who live and work in the World State. This leads him to do things like pine over Lenina and ask probing emotional questions of others. These activities are not considered proper in their world, as they have been conditioned to be shallow rather than deep, and they are not allowed to love.

Part of Bernard’s strangeness leads him to the Indian reservation in New Mexico. There, the Indians are left to be “savages”—keeping traditional marriage customs, religious practices, and social norms. The Indians...

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