Brave New World

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Why does the Savage claim the right to be unhappy? If he does not pursue happiness, what is he seeking? (ch. 17)

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 Savage cannot accept the status quo of meaningless happiness. Tripping out on Soma, and attending the feelies is spirit crushing to him. Savage must have unhappiness if he is going to understand happiness. Misery helps us understand the true nature of emotion and self-knowledge.