What is John's imagined perception of love in Brave New World by Aldous Huxley?
Having grown up on the Savage Reservation, where traditional values about sexual chastity are upheld and where John had immersed himself for years in the works of Shakespeare, John has developed idealized views of romantic love. He envisions, like Romeo, throwing himself passionately into devoted love for one woman. He envisions this romantic love as pure (chaste) and imagines himself in a monogamous relationship with his beloved. He will sacrifice himself for her and keep himself pure for her, even if he has to self-flagellate to suppress his lust.
The (dark) comedy occurs from the culture clash this brings to the forefront. John's love object is Lenina. He could hardly have picked a shallower or more uncomprehending partner. Due to her social conditioning, she has no concept of John's expectations.
A thrill-seeker who has been conditioned to equate sex with love, Lenina thinks she is doing John a favor when she unzips her one-piece unitard so they can have sex after their first date....
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