Who was responsible for John's death in Brave New World?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I suppose that depends on how you define "responsible for."

As far as how John the Savage dies, he kills himself.  Specifically, he hangs himself.  So in that sense, he is responsible for his own death as no one helps him die or causes him to die.

If you want to assign moral blame, I suppose you could say the crowd of people (and the society as a whole) is responsible.  They are the ones who start chanting "orgy porgy" as John whips himself.  They are the one who start the orgy that makes John so disgusted with himself.  So you could say that it is they (because of the difference between their values and his) that cause John's death.

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