Theme Of Alienation In Brave New World

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Brave New World is a novel written by Aldous Huxley which takes place in 2540 AD London and depicts a “utopian” future, where humans are bred genetically and influenced from birth to serve. Throughout the novel Huxley uses exile and alienation to express his feelings towards life in the so called “Brave New World”. The Palestinian American literary theorist Edward Said has described exile as “strangely compelling to think about but terrible to experience. It is the unhealable rift forced between a human being and a native place, between self and its true home: its essential sadness can never be surmounted.” Said has also said that exile can become “a potent, even enriching experience”. One of the characters who experiences such exile is John the Savage. John is in a tough place throughout the book. When he is with the savages he is alienated due to his complexion and the fact that his mother, Linda, is not liked due to her promiscuous acts with the men in the tribe. But when John is brought back to society he is torn between conforming to society and staying true to his beliefs. John is the only character who has a real birth mother and thus represents something unique although frowned upon in society and therefore being different he is unable to fit into the savage society. This becomes evident when he is denied the rites of passage and is unable to give his life through ceremonies to the society. On page 136 John is ripped out of the ranks of the other boys and is
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