Why is John called "savage" in Brave New World?

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John is called the savage because he grew up on the reservation in New Mexico where all the "savages" live.  Because of that, his ways are really strange in the eyes of the "civilized" people.

His childhood was totally painful.  All the Indian women hated his mom because she acted (in their opinion) like a whore (she had the values of "civilization").  None of the kids liked him because of that as well.

He feels he is bound by the laws of the society where he grew up, though.  He believes in their morality and the morality he has picked up from Shakespeare plays.

So he is an outcast in two societies, which is why he ends up killing himself, I believe.

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