Brave New World


Are there examples of dissident behaviour, and the consequences of this (i.e. are ther any characters that have done or acted outside the rules and norms of this society? what happens to them?)

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Bernard claims that his ideal of freedom is the freedom to be an individual apart from the rest of society. Bernard strives to be free in his "own way...not in everybody else's way." Huxley argues here that certain structures in our own modern society work in the same way that drugs like soma work in this fantastical dystopia. Huxley often argues against the use of advertising specifically for the way that it hypnotized people into wanting and buying the same products. Such things keep people within predefined structures, and it quashes free thought, which ultimately restricts freedom.

The Savage, also known as John, is the son of the Director and Linda. He was born on the reservation in a city called Malpais. He grew up as a hybrid of the Indian and Utopian cultures. He operates on an individual primal level yet is very intellectual. He cannot conform to the demands of "civilized" society.