Civilization In Brave New World

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Books often depict characters caught between colliding cultures, because of national, regional, ethnic, religious and institutional differences. In Brave New World author Aldous Huxley, an often critical writer of social norms and ideals, introduces the reader to both a utopian society and an uncivilized one rooted with indian customs. John, a habitant of the indian society, is caught between the culture of a progressive civilization and his savage customs, which cause him to become desperate and eventually commit suicide. Progress always makes things simpler. This is something that John despises from civilization where he arrives, because things are too simple for everyone. People do not have to work hard to get what they need, nor…show more content…
When talking to the Controller, he fills with rage and frustration because he feels the need to recognize God. However, the Controller responds by saying: “But God´s the reason for everything noble and fine and heroic. If you had God..´ ´My dear young friend,´ said Mustapha Mond, ´civilization has absolutely no need of nobility or heroism. These things are symptoms of political inefficiency. In a properly organized society like ours, nobody has any opportunities for being noble or heroic´" (Huxley 237). According to Mond, in a programmed civilization, religion is hard to understand. Also, he says there is no need to bring heroism when in a way, everyone is the same. Religion then, has no value for civilization. On the other hand, John fights for the idea that God makes one abstain from pleasant vices, bear things patiently and do them with…show more content…
While in the reservation one had a couple, whom with one committed eternally, it was looked down to stay with the same person too long in civilization. This clash of cultures is evidenced when John starts attacking Lenina after he tells her he likes her, “Zi, Zip! (..) She stepped out of her bell-bottomed trousers (...) The savage caught her by the wrists, tore her hands from his shoulders, thrust her roughly away at arm's length. Ow, you´re hurting me, you´re ..oh!´ (..) ´Whore!´ He shouted. ´Whore! Imprudent strumpet!´” (Huxley 194). John cannot tolerate the promiscuity of these people, and cannot come to accept this is simply the way civilized are conditioned from birth. He never gets over what happens with Lenina and it is because of this that he whips himself and comes to a breaking point. Everything is too much for him, and purification of his soul, the only thing that can save him from himself and the Other Place, ends up being

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