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"For which two characters in 'Brave New World' do you feel most sympathy? Consider in your answer the part played by the society in which each character has been raised and the effect of that society's expectations and values upon the individual."

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"For which two characters in 'Brave New World' do you feel most sympathy? Consider in your answer the part played by the society in which each character has been raised and the effect of that society's expectations and values upon the individual." Bernard Marx and John "the savage" are both outcasts in their societies. Haunted by their own inadequacies and inability to fit in. They are the two characters in "Brave New World" whom, for numerous reasons and in many ways, the reader can feel the most sympathy for. Bernard's physical appearance was one of his main insecurities and so he can be sympathised with because of it. As an Alpha male, society expected him to be taller, better looking and more masculine than he was. Bernard therefore had felt throughout his life he had to prove himself to be a true Alpha and to try and ignore the rumours about him. Fanny said, P36 "They say somebody made a mistake, when he was still in the bottle - thought he was a Gamma and put alcohol into his blood-surrogate. That's why he's so stunted." ...read more.

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This could be blamed on the treatment by others in their society or such treatment could be a result of this. Their loneliness is made apparent to each other in these lines, P113 " 'Alone, always alone,' the young man was saying. The words awoke a plaintive echo in Bernard's mind. Alone, alone... 'So am I,' he said, on a gush of confidence. 'Terribly alone.' John's immense love of Lenina is made clear when he quotes Romeo and Juliet in these lines, P145 "O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night Like a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear; Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear..." Yet, John's passionate words have no affect on Lenina because at the time he says them she was with the Arch Songster. John can be pitied a great deal for his deep feelings for someone who can never reciprocate them. John was never accepted into the Society of the Savage Reservation due to his mother, Linda, and her seemingly 'strange' ways. Her values were unusual in the Savage society because her morals were hypnopaedic and so she in turn isolated herself, and John, from that society. ...read more.

Conclusion

John was out of control and he was so "stupefied by soma" he could not take responsibility for his actions. He then committed what he felt to be the ultimate moral sin, which is made known in these lines, P212 "He lay for a moment, blinking in owlish incomprehension at the light; then suddenly remembered - everything." He had slept with Lenina and because of his morals he felt there was no way he could purify himself and repent his sins and so he felt he had to take his own life. John can be immensely sympathised with by the reader because he was a very disturbed and tortured man, through no fault of his own. In conclusion, I pity both of these unfortunate men equally and feel a great deal of sympathy for them because both their lives ended miserably. They both isolated themselves due to the ways that made them so unique and different, which I have outlined. That isolation and the sincere passions they felt within them in turn led them to their untimely ends. John in his heart-felt suicide and Bernard in his exile, both of them away from everyone that meant anything to them. Emilie Murphy 11F 23/10/02 1 ...read more.

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