John struggles to self-identify. To explain, he was raised follow the ways of the Savage Reservation, his values taught from his readings, at the same time educated by the memories Linda held for the World State. Now introduced to a new way of life John has a difficult time adjusting to the World State’s standards of living. In all, John is in parallels with himself, as he feels as he is seen. A savage.
Very often John is conflicted between what he knows, and what is seen as normal in this new society. For instance, John’s feelings towards Lenina were genuine, and even so John isn’t accustomed to the free-loving ways of the World State. John opens up to Lenina revealing his intentions of matrimonial proposal by stating, “At Malpais, you had to bring her the skin mountain lion – I mean when you wanted to marry someone. Or else a wolf.”(Pg. 173). With this is in mind, Lenina is driven into bewilderment, as she is so accustom to the World State’s form of affection. John’s chivalry eventually drive a wedge between he and Lenina, and from there on is taken on a stroll of anger.
What’s more, John understanding of the World’s State becomes violent. Continuously, referred as the “savage,” John expresses savagery on multiple occasions. First being is his visit to Linda, who is hospitalized on her death bed. A group of children, conditioned to death, sees the hideous features of Linda in which the children viciously mocked. Following, the text announces, “The Savage had seized him by the color, lifted him clear over the chair, and with smart box on the ears, sent him howling away.”(pg. 183) His rage erupted by the mockery of the children, forcing John to act out of civilized. By this time, John has already been shunned by his father, the Director, and neglected by Linda, as she preferred companionship and a soma high. As a result, John’s rage escalated after Linda mistaken him for her lover, Pope. As shown in the text, “She knew him as John, her son, but fancied him an intruder into that paradisal Malpais where she had been spending her soma holiday. He was angry because she liked Pope, he was shaking her because Pope was there in the bed – as though there were something wrong, as though all civilized people didn’t do the same.”(pg.185). Now with a hatred for soma (as he blamed it for Linda’s mindless obsession), John displayed his frustration by causing a frenzy believing it was the right thing. As mentioned,
“Free, free! And with one hand continued to throw the soma into the area while, with the other, he punched the indistinguishable faces of his assailants. Free! And suddenly there was Helmholtz at his side … Also Punching -Men at last- and in an interval also throwing poison out by handfuls through the open window.” (pg..193)
John is brought to Mustapha Mond, who does not see John as a savage, but understands his struggle to adapt. Mustapha helped John understand the ways of the World State by stating,
“Because our world is not the sane as Othello’s world. You can’t make flivvers without steel – and you can’t make tragedies without social instability. 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 believing as they ought to believe. And if anything should go wrong, there’s soma. Which you go and chuck out of liberty! Expecting Deltas to know what liberty is! And now expecting them to understand Othello!” (pg. 198)
To put simply, Mustapha Mond goes on to explain to John in order to have a “perfect” world, the sacrifices had to be made. The arts and religion were eliminated from society, while science and technology was seen as the good for Community, Identity and Stability.
John, at last found happiness, however momentarily. Alone, in isolation, John felt being by himself was the best way he is able to belong in his ideal society. Showing example of dystopian enclave the text supports, “He had decided to live there because the view was so beautiful, because, from his vantage point, he seemed to be looking out to the incarnation of a divine being.”(pg. 219). Even though John found sanctuary being alone, John still dealt with difficulties accepting emotions, as a solution John punished himself. Caught in the act, John is seen whipping himself as the text states, “His back was horizontally streaked with crimson, and from weal to weal ran thin trickles of blood.” (pg. 221). This unseen act is eventually gazed upon by wondering eyes, in due course, John once again becomes the attraction of everyone’s attention. Last, but not least, the text reads, “Through an archway on the further side of the room they could see the bottom of the staircase that led up to the higher floors. Just under the crown of the arch dangled a pair of feet.” (pg.230). With the constant harassment, vortex of emotions, and confusion of self, John finally let go as he no longer was able to cope with his unwanted fame.