John keeps the memory of his mother’s stories “whole and intact, undefiled with the reality of this real London.” What do you think this signifies about his values, as compared to the values of a “civilized” person? How might this idealization be harmful to John?
While the World State citizens value tangible pleasures, John values ideas. Unfortunately, his tendency to idealize places and people means that he will inevitably be disappointed by reality. This disappointment can sometimes turn to anger, as seen in his confrontation with Lenina, or it can turn to the drive to implement change, as seen when John hurls the soma supply out of the window.
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