Today we started reviewing ideas from Brave New World chapter 10-13.We began by pairing up into five groups, in each group we made claims when thinking about The “Savage”, Emotions and Happiness.  Each group was responsible for finding five textual evidence that would help their claim. We then will present our claims with textual evidence in order to broaden our understanding of Brave New World.

Side note remember to think carefully about your claims/themes. A very broad or generic theme runs the risk of not proving much.

After roughly half an hour of work the first groups began to show their findings.

Group 1 Savage

Members: Jovan, Danny, Rhino, Ghasah

Claim: Civilization controls nature.

Textual evidence:

1)Pg-144 2nd paragraph ” It was john they were after. And as it was only through Bernard his accredited guardian, that John could be seen,”

Here we see how people start to become obsessed with John and trying to understand who or what he is. Bernard is also using John to gain fame and happiness showing that john is being exploited.

2)pg-158 ” You ought to have asked me first whether i wanted to meet them.”

John here shows that he is displeased with the party Bernard made to show case him and does not want to be controlled.

3)pg-161 “But the savage had chosen this evening of all evenings to lock himself up in his room, to shout “Hani!””

John here shows that he will not be used to the expense of Bernard who merely saw John as someone who could control him.

Side Note: With this claim we could argue John is a representation of nature, while Bernard and everyone else symbolizes civilization.

Group 2 Savage

Members: Tajay, Emanuel, Joselin

Claim:What makes a savage? Why is John a Savage?

1)Pg-102 3rd paragraph “They’re perfectly tame; savages wont do you any harm. They’ve got enough experience of gas bombs to know that they mustn’t play any tricks”

Here we see a dehumanizing view on how people of the state government view the citizens of Malpais. The very fact that there is a wall isolating them makes us wonder.

New term

Utopian Enclave, a hidden utopia. We see elements of this because in BNW we have this isolating separatist view on what should be done with outsiders of the norm. Their lifestyle is directly attributed to the isolation of what they consider to be outside the norm.

2)Pg-121  ” Linda taught him to read”

John here shows that Linda taught him how to read, meaning that he was raised by a civilized person. We must ask ourselves is john technically not a real savage? We find that the answer isn’t easily found since John is always an outsider.

Pg-146 “”The savage” wrote Bernard in his report to Mustapha Mond.”

Here in this paragraph we see that Bernard is trying to understand John’s customs and opinions in order to classify him better. Bernard’s role here is to understand how cosicety affects the savage, we never really get to know Bernard’s theory since Mustapha decides to stop reading his letter.

Discussion

We began a discussion on the  “Savage” due to our lack of time but somethings brought up were..

*The use of the word “Savage” which would indicate ignorance.

*John not liking the “feely’s” show. He can relate to the main antagonist who is an outsider causing him to not like the show.

*John’s fear of sexual freedom and promiscuity. This also relates to his old customs, seeing his mother getting punished for her promiscuity and attacking Lenina.

*John is also a very refined and intellectual character. He constantly quotes Shakespeare and thinks about emotional strife. But when John is pushed we see that a more barbaric and violent side to his nature shows.

Next time

Remember guys that for our blogs on Thursday we are only talking about chapters 13 to the end of eighteen

Questions

Some things we can ask ourselves while we finish Brave New world…

  • How is the “Savage” characterized
  • In order to maintain a utopia, should we isolate ourselves the way John does?
  • Does this form of Utopian Enclave help?