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Why do John and Linda die in "Brave New World"?

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Neither Linda nor John can manage the transition from the Indian Reservation to the brave new world. Linda has done nothing but dream of returning to "civilization," but once she arrives, it is impossible for her to fit in once again. First, her looks repulse people used to a culture in which everyone is young and fit. She is fat, old, her teeth are bad and her complexion is blotched. People feel sick looking at her. She is also embarrassing because she has given birth to a child, which is considered obscene (children are supposed to be grown from a test tube in a lab). People avoid her—and that is fine with Linda. As the book explains:

The return to civilization was for her the return to soma, was the possibility of lying in bed and taking holiday after holiday, without ever having to come back to a headache or a fit of vomiting, without ever being made to feel as you always felt after peyotl, as though you’d done something so shamefully anti- social that you could never...

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