Analysis Of Aldous Huxley 's Brave New World

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How would you feel if you were exiled? Most would say this would be a terrible experience. However, several theorists have many different views on the impact of being exiled. American theorist Edward Said claimed, “It is the unhealable rift forced between a human being and a native place, between the self and its true home: its essential sadness can never be surmounted.” But on another note, he said it is “a potent, even enriching.” Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, expands on this idea of exilation. Throughout the novel, several characters are faced with being exiled, whether it be from their home or community. In particular, a man by the name of John seems to experience the bulk of it. John’s experiences show that being exiled is…show more content…
Even though John grew up on the reservation, he was not accepted by the community there. His complexion, along with how his mother behaved made it increasingly difficult for him to be accepted into their culture. The boys would shout, “Not for you, white-hair! Not for the son of the she-dog (Pg.127). John wasn’t allowed to participate in rituals and was rejected by many that lived there. So, he decided to have his own rituals. He once went into the wilderness and began crying, but thought, “...it was not for pain that he sobbed, it was because he was all alone, because he had been driven out, alone into this skeleton world of rocks and moonlight” (Pg. 127). In addition, John’s mother would behave promiscuously as was a normal part of life in the Other Place, but not the Savage Reservation. He was then mocked and, sometimes, even violently hurt, because his mother’s actions were seen as very inappropriate and immoral (Pg. 121). John simply wanted to be a part of Indian life and culture, but felt as far from that as possible. He wasn’t only exiled from his community, but also from the Other Place. John was looked at as the “Savage” who acted much different than they. Later on, he became a spectacle for people to watch and laugh at (Pg. 227). His background was one that people there thought was shameful and something not to be spoken of. John had his fair share of alienation from both his own Indian community and people in
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