There is alwayspeople that are different than most people in every society.
Difference ofopinion causes society to judge people or people to judge society, thus making conflict.This is shown as true by looking at Bernard Marx, John the savage, Linda(john’s mother), and Helmholtz Watson. Bernard doesn’t accept the world statebut he still tries to be a part of society. John was judged by the savagereservation and he judged the world state, so in both places he either is notaccepted or he doesn’t accept it. Linda is judged by the savage reservation andis also judged by the world state so she is not accepted in both places. LastlyHelmholtz judges the world state. Bernard Marx first did not want to beaccepted into the world state, then wanted to be accepted into the world state.
At first, he had a different opinion than most of the people in the worldstate. Nobody judged him at first but once he brought John and tried to gainpopularity, trying his hardest to fit in. Also, he gets too egoistic thenpeople started to judge him. He talks about how he has this anger and disgustto people that reject him but cowards and hides when faced.
John the savagewanted to be accepted in the savage reservation but was not accepted there. Hedidn’t want to be accepted into the world state but people accepted him there.John didn’t get what he wanted so he ended up killing himself after realizinghe is not going to be accepted and/or he is never going to accept society. Heis the only person in brave new world born naturally from a mother, which makeshim a unique human being with an identity in the novel. Since he was borndifferent, and that he is unique it makes him have a different opinion thaneveryone else. From page 106-118 it shows John’s childhood and the troubles hehad to go through, he didn’t have conditioning so he never hated books andflowers. He was conditioned but not as hard as the people in the world state.In page 106-118 it shows how he was mistreated in the savage reservation eventhough he wanted to fit in.
So, in both societies he was isolated and forced tobe alone. Lindawanted to be accepted in the world state but instead she was looked down on andthey decided to kill her. The savage reservation also did not accept her, butshe had to accept to live in the savage reservation since she was tooembarrassed to go back to the world state with a baby. Once she came back theworld state didn’t want her, and she obviously would not have gone back to thesavage reservation so they gave her enough soma that it would eventually killher.
The main reason John was isolated was because, of Linda but the reasonLinda was isolated was because of leaving the world state and the need to beconditioned from drugs and alcohol. Since she went from a society where shewould take soma every time she felt an emotion to a society where none of thattakes place. She has to condition herself with drugs and alcohol, it’sbasically wired into her brain from birth.
She accepted the world state and itssociety but once she came back the society just ignored her and tried to getrid of her because, she looked “disgusting”. She had a different opinion thanothers in the savage reservation and for that they judged her and abused her. HelmholtzWatson was accepted in the world state society but he judged and he wanted todo more than just be in the society. He wanted to see how they would act ifsomething they were taught something that they were wired to not like.
Eventhough he knew he would get in trouble for sharing a poem with his class thathe made (page 157-158). Helmholtz is like Bernard but more emotionally stablecompared to him, Bernard went and overwhelmed with anger and became very egoistic.Helmholtz is more of the voice of a useless life, he has something he wants tosay but he can’t find what to say. Helmholtz and John seem to be the most humancharacters in the book but Helmholtz shows more of a popular problem. He showsthat he wants to explore more but can’t, as he is also conditioned. All4 of these characters in the book show a few signs that they either don’taccept society or that society doesn’t accept them (or both).
In the endsociety accepted Bernard but he did not accept society. The savage reservationis where John accepted the society, but he was not accepted there. In the worldstate John was accepted into society but he didn’t accept that society. Lindahad no choice but to accept the savage reservation, but the reservation did notaccept her. Linda also, accepted the world states society but they didn’taccept her so they killed her. Lastly, Helmholtz was accepted into the societybut he didn’t accept the society because, he finds that society to be boring.Helmholtz is bored with the recreational sex and soma, because that’s what alot of society is in the world state.
Every society there is, there will alwaysbe one or more people that have a different opinion on it than most peoplewhich could make people judge since humans don’t like change. BibliographyHuxley, Aldous,and Margaret Atwood. Brave New World;and, Brave New WorldRevisited.Vintage Canada, 2007.