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brave new world

Brave New World Sometimes very advanced societies overlook the necessities of the individual. In the book Brave
New World, Aldous Huxley creates two distinct societies: the Savages and the Fordians. The Fordians are
technologically sophisticated, unlike the Savages. However, it is obvious that, overall, the Savages have more
practical abilities, have more, complicated, ideals, and are much more advanced emotionally, which all help the
individual to grow. The Savage Reservation provides more opportunities for personal growth than does the Fordian
society. Throughout the story, it is shown how the Fordian society is much more advanced technologically than the
Savage Reservation. Because the Reservation is not fully equipped with well-developed machinery to do all their
work for them, they must learn to do it themselves. Unlike the Fordians, the Savages are taught functional skills,
such as stitching up simple tears and weaving. In the story Mitsima, an old man from the reservation, teaches John
the Savage how to make a clay pot, using nothing but a lump of clay and his own two hands. This is a very practical
and useful tool. The Savages are taught to cook for themselves, and to clean for themselves. These teachings help
the individual to grow practically. The Savages also bestow good ideals in their people from which they can learn,
understand, and grow. One of the most important things that the Savages are taught is self-control. The Whipping
Ceremony is a good example of this. In this ceremony a young man was whipped to death in front of a large
audience and throughout it he “made no soundand walked on at the same slow, steady pace” (97). The man is
taught that to show his strength he must use the uttermost limits of his self-control.They are also taught self-control
in how they are prohibited free sex. They must learn restraint through their lust and desires. It is shown how
capable the Savages are when controlling themselves in chapter 13. Lenina, whom John loves and desires more
than anything in the world, is proclaiming herself to John, and yet he restrains himself because they are not married.

The Savages are also taught to be responsible. For instance, in families the parents must care for, love, and nurture
their children as best they can in order for them to develop. An example of this is how Linda takes full responsibility
for raising John, and even though she has very few skills, she teaches him to read. Another thing that the Savages
provide for their people is a past from which to learn. For example the old men in the pueblo tell stories of how the
world began.They said that”the seed of men and of all creatures,the seed of the sun and the seed of the earth” is
how the world was created (109). The Savages can learn from this story not to take advantage of things. Things
must be tended to for growth, like seeds. This story also gives people the impression that all things are equal. By
saying that nomatterhowbig or important something is,it started as a seed, and requires the same type of care,it is
like saying that everything is equally important and precious. Self-control, strength, responsibility, and history are
only three of the ideals Savages are taught to help them grow. The Savages are not withheld from feeling emotion,
and are encouraged to deal with them, rather than ignore them. This is shown is the contempt the Savage boys
show towards John because he is different, and the pain John feels. Even though these are not happy emotions they
are still emotions which the Savages can use to express themselves. These emotions can be used as learning
experiences and certainly help all of them to grow. The Savages are also taught to express love. This is chiefly
shown in the relationship between John and Linda. For example, when the angry women come to hurt Linda, John
tries to protect her and ends up himself getting hurt. Their love for each other is also shown in how Linda reconciles
with John after hurting him when she “suddenly put her arms round him and kissed him again and again” (107). All
of these emotions contribute to someone’s personality and help him or her to grow as a feeling person. Since the
industrial revolution, human kind has placed great emphasis on technological change. The Savage society teaches us
that pre-industrial values may have as much to offer us as modern technological society does, and possibly more.

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The so-called Savage society is far more realistic, and shows stronger personal values than the more superficial
Fordian society. Above all, the ‘Savages’ can express their inner soul far more effectively than their industrial


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