Brave New World Hero Analysis

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In Brave New World, Aldous Huxley presents three main characters, Bernard, Helmholtz, and John as three possible heroes. A hero is defined as a person who in the face of danger, combats adversity through feats of ingenuity, bravery, or strength. In contrast, an antihero is defined as a person who conspicuously lacks heroic qualities like bravery, nobility, or courage. Readers are given hope that the moments where Bernard and Helmholtz felt more than they are conditioned to, might lead them beyond their conditioning and society to emerge as heroes. Unfortunately, as the novel progresses, readers see how they lack the characteristics of a hero by failing to free individualism and the soul. On the contrary, John, known as the “Savage,” has experienced…show more content…
Born in Malpais, John has never been conditioned and has experienced uniqueness, love, and family, and understands that these aspects are essential in human nature. Knowing the importance of each aspect, John tells Bernard, “Well, I’d rather be unhappy than have the sort of false, lying happiness you were having here.” (179). John states he’d rather be feel true discomfort, than live a life in artificial happiness and feeling. He is frustrated and disturbed to see that the happiness is perceived as living in a state of ignorance. John believes that happiness should come about through freedom, expression, love, and suffering, rather than an easy life in unawareness of beyond. Upset with the Controller making living too easy, John says, “Yes, that’s just like you. Getting rid of everything unpleasant instead of learning to put up with it.” (238). This quote shows how John is bothered that people in civilization were never able to adapt and grow as individuals because everything . The moments where we are challenged, are the moments where we grow- we step up. He knows that if one never feels discomfort, one will never truly value comfort. Frustrated that the civilians do not understand what manhood and freedom means, John yells, “I’ll teach you; I’ll make you be free whether you want to or not” while he throws soma tablets out the window. (15.37) . John is the hero because he follows his beliefs with actions, unlike Bernard and
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