What is the in-depth (analysed) reason behind John's commiting suicide in the novel Brave New World?It would be a huge help to me in writing my speech. if you are able to i would really appreciate...

What is the in-depth (analysed) reason behind John's commiting suicide in the novel Brave New World?

It would be a huge help to me in writing my speech. if you are able to i would really appreciate as mush analysis as you can manage.

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When Lenina and Bernard Max visit the reservation as a lark in Chapter 7 of Brave New World, they arrive just at the time that a ritual takes place in which an old man whips a young man, who happens to be John.  Later, this young man speaks to Linda and Bernard, telling them that he regrets that he could not be the sacrifice in order to bring rain to make the corn grown. Now, at the end of the novel after he has been exploited as a curiosity and an object of ridicule, John again wishes to make himself a sacrificial victim to atone for the inhuman morally corrupted New World.

Unable to express himself other than in Shakespearean terms, John finds himself in an ironic "brave new world" faced with the dehumanization of the individual. In a heroic effort worthy of Hamlet who fights the forces of the corrupt Danish court, John, like Hamlet, sacrifices himself so that he will at least be authentic in death, rather than the object of ridicule for the Delta workers and others who view him as a curiosity and make him "an animal at bay."

When John awakens from his succumbing to taking soma and engaging in an orgy, he is ashamed that he has committed such sins of the flesh.  Knowing that he has already sacrificed his individuality, John sacrifices his flesh by committing suicide.  John's death is the death of the individual, the man who could express emotion, who could engage in introspection, who could feel and be truly human.

 

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