Given that John gave in and participated in orgy porgy with Lenina, why did he hang himself?

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John hung himself precisely because he did participate in the orgy with Lenina.  He hung himself because he realized that he could not escape from the society of the "brave new world."

John went to the lighthouse to get away from the society.  He could not take what he saw as the immoral and inhuman characteristics of that society.  He wanted to live by his own rules and his own values.  But then the media found him and the orgy happened.  This indicated that there was really no escape for him.  Eventually the society would capture him (morally speaking) and break down his resolve to live in the "right" way.  Seeing this, he killed himself so as to avoid living in a way he abhorred.

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