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Brave New World Response. One thing I found interesting in these chapters is the internal conflict that Barnard goes through as he tries to decide which society he belonged to.

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One thing I found interesting in these chapters is the internal conflict that Barnard goes through as he tries to decide which society he belonged to. When he was popular because he was showing John off, he fitted perfectly into the world state society. Once Barnard is popular he is perfectly happy in the world state, he fits in perfectly in the society created by the world state. He brags about how easy getting girls is, "I had six girls last week". Barnard fits so well into the world state society that he does not feel the connection he did with Helmholtz beforehand when he didn't fit in, and thus, he ends his friendship with him. ...read more.

Middle

Unlike Helmholtz who does not fit in the world state society at all, Barnard at least in part fits into the society of the world state; however, even he is unable to enjoy the happiness that the world state society is supposed to provide. An interesting question that came up in our seminar was the reason why Lenina was so attracted to John. In a world where committed relationship is considered an abomination by social standards, Lenina's obsession with having John seems completely strange and abnormal. Lenina's obsession with John can be seen through her conversations with Fanny as she describes how she is beginning to like the savage more and more. When John decides not to accompany Lenina to her apartment, Lenina is obviously upset and consumes large amounts of Soma to compensate. ...read more.

Conclusion

John has the concept of love, and that's what he associates his attraction to Lenina as, John also has the concept that love requires sacrifice, patience and dedication. His belief that he is not worthy of Lenina leads him to be very shy towards her; he avoids Lenina and tries not to make eye contact with her. This causes Lenina to want John more, causing her to become obsessed, John becomes the only man Lenina wants and she takes soma to stop herself from thinking about him. When Lenina finally tries to seduce John, an act Lenina perceives as the only response to her attraction, John sees her attempt as a sin of lust and he reacts with aggression towards it. Therefore, Lenina's original sexual desires for John is amplified into obsession by John's constant refusal to satisfy her sexual urges, thus, making Lenina want John and only John. ...read more.

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