Brave New World - the conflict between Mond and the Savage


BRAVE NEW WORLD
Community, Identity, Stability... or Conspiracy, Ignorance, Sterility?

In BNW, we are presented with 2 completely different worlds. The first mocks the supposed utopia of the 'perfect' world. The people who live in this Utopia believe... no, they don't even believe, as 'believe' implies they have a choice in the matter... they are conditioned, brainwashed, into accepting and embracing this fantasy place. We can see just how removed this world is by the way they treat their people. It is hard to imagine for us - living in a time where 'Human Rights' is a catch phrase - just how they will dehumanise their society and all who live within it. The people in this world are nothing. They are objects! Worse than objects! The way that Henry Ford produced cars are the way this world is producing things that are barely humans. All problems that occur can be "solved by standard Gammas, unvarying Deltas, uniform Epsilons. Millions of Identical twins. The principle of mass production at last applied to biology." Mass production of humans. This is one of the principle issues - treating humans like nothing, a "cell" in the "social body". Even as children they are spoken of in terms of mass production, when "the infants were unloaded".

If mass production of humans is harsh, their whole world is summed up in a few short sentences: "The world's stable now. People are happy; they get what they want, and they never want what they can't get. They're well off; they're safe; they're never ill; they're not afraid of death; they're blissfully ignorant of passion and old age; they're plagued with no mothers or fathers; they've got no wives or children, or lovers to feel strongly about; they're so conditioned that they practically can't help behaving as they ought to behave. And if anything goes wrong, there's soma."

The savage takes one look at a world like this and asks the question of 'why?' why would anybody desire to live in such conditions that promote free and continuous sex - to the point where Fanny is disappointed in Lenina for only going out with Henry Foster. He looks at a world that refuses any strong emotion: "everybody belongs to everybody else" when he sees chastity as a virtue.

However, the Savage Reservation is a far cry from perfection itself. There are hardships, crimes, isolation. The Savage feels as alone in this world as Bernard feels in the New World. The Savage longs to be part of this world that he has seen through Linda's eyes. He leaps at the chance to go to the 'civilised' world - "John also laughed, but for another reason - laughed for pure joy. ... 'O brave new world that has such people in it. Let's start at once.'"

Bernard's ominous warning sets the scene for what is going to come in the final confrontation between the Savage and Mustapha Mond. "'And, anyhow, hadn't you better wait till you actually see the new world?'" We can see from John's ideals before this (the strong belief in marrying 'for ever', the self-sacrificing nature where he sees that he must do something to be 'worthy' of the woman he loves, his desire to purify himself from what he sees as evil thoughts - but what the world sees as natural, and his fascination with Shakespeare) that he will never fit into the BNW.

From there continues a series of steps where John becomes more disgusted with the world. This culminates when he sees Lenina for what she is - the 'perfect citizen'. She is promiscuous, attractive, good-natured but quite often under the influence of soma. She has some very ideal qualities - a good personality and some willingness to devote her time to just one person. However, she has the unfortunate characteristic (to John's liking) of being quite dominated by the society. She is a victim of narrow-mindedness. She simply does not realise that John has different ideas. "Still wearing her shoes and socks, and her rakishly tilted round white cap, she advanced towards him. 'Darling. Darling! If only you'd said so before!' She held out her arms.
"But instead of saying 'Darling!' and holding out his arms, the savage retreated in terror, flapping his hands at her as though he were trying to scare away some