Brave New World

John (the Savage) Character Analysis

Because of an accident, John is born to a woman from the World State, Linda, who gets stranded in a Savage Reservation. He spends the first twenty years of his life on the Reservation, and though the Reservation natives treat him as an outsider he still picks up their religious and moral values (which are much more similar to our own values today than to those of the World State), and develops a love of Shakespeare. John is eager to see the World State since his mother talks about it as a paradise, but once there he thinks the World State culture is immoral, infantilizing, and degrading to humanity.

John (the Savage) Quotes in Brave New World

The Brave New World quotes below are all either spoken by John (the Savage) or refer to John (the Savage). For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Harper Perennial edition of Brave New World published in 2006.
Chapter 8 Quotes
"O brave new world," he repeated. "O brave new world that has such people in it. Let's start at once."
Related Characters: John (the Savage) (speaker), Bernard Marx, Helmholtz Watson, Lenina Crowne
Related Symbols: Shakespeare
Page Number: 139
Explanation and Analysis:

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Chapter 15 Quotes
"Free, free!" the Savage shouted, 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–"Good old Helmholtz!"—also punching—"Men at last!"—and in the interval also throwing the poison out by handfuls through the open window. "Yes, men! men!" and there was no more poison left. He picked up the cash-box and showed them its black emptiness. "You're free!"
Howling, the Deltas charged with a redoubled fury.
Related Characters: John (the Savage) (speaker), Helmholtz Watson
Page Number: 213
Explanation and Analysis:

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Chapter 17 Quotes
"In fact', said Mustapha Mond, 'you're claiming the right to be unhappy.'
'All right then,' said the Savage defiantly, 'I'm claiming the right to be unhappy.'
Related Characters: John (the Savage) (speaker), Mustapha Mond (speaker)
Related Symbols: Shakespeare
Page Number: 240
Explanation and Analysis:

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John (the Savage) Character Timeline in Brave New World

The timeline below shows where the character John (the Savage) appears in Brave New World. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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...she's overjoyed to see people from the World State. She corroborates the story her son, John, told. (full context)
Chapter 8
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Outside Linda's house, Bernard and John talk. John recalls events in his life in a series of flashbacks: An Indian named... (full context)
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John tells Bernard he has always been terribly alone. Bernard says he has, too. John tells... (full context)
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Bernard promises to take John back to the World State if he can get permission. Realizing that Linda will discredit... (full context)
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John asks if Bernard is married to Lenina. Bernard bursts out laughing. John is overjoyed, and... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...Fe and contacts Mustapha Mond, who agrees that there would be "scientific interest" in bringing John and Linda back to the World State. (full context)
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Meanwhile, John goes to see Bernard and Lenina. There's no answer, and he's terrified they've left without... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...Director publicly scolds Bernard. But Bernard says he has a response: he calls Linda and John into the room. Linda rushes to the Director and hugs and kisses him while saying... (full context)
Chapter 11
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The Director resigns. Meanwhile, all upper-caste London is wild to see John, whom they call the Savage. Because Linda is old, ugly, and a mother, no one... (full context)
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Bernard's connection to the Savage makes him popular and important. He takes full advantage, sleeping with many women. He also... (full context)
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The Savage tours various World State facilities. Bokanovsky twins terrify him. At Eton, he sees schoolchildren laugh... (full context)
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One night Bernard asks Lenina to take the Savage to the Feelies (movies where all the senses are involved). Fanny Crowne is impressed—Lenina has... (full context)
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...man who was de-conditioned in an accident. It contains a lot of gratuitous sex. The Savage is appalled. Lenina doesn't understand why. Lenina tries to invite the Savage to her apartment,... (full context)
Chapter 12
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At a party Bernard throws so people can meet the Savage, John refuses to leave his room. When it's clear that the Savage won't show, the... (full context)
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Lenina leaves with the Songster. She thinks the Savage refused to come out because he doesn't like her. (full context)
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...of his party, Bernard goes back to being his old self: nervous, alone, melancholy. The Savage and Helmholtz accept his apologies (Bernard is a little jealous that they can be so... (full context)
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Helmholtz and the Savage like each other immensely, and Helmholtz is mesmerized by Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet, however, makes... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...V.P.S. treatment (Violent Passion Surrogate). Lenina thinks to herself that she already is too passionate—for John. She wants him, and only him. Fanny is disgusted that Lenina wants only one man,... (full context)
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The doorbell rings at the Savage's rooms. It's Lenina. Stunned, he lets her in. She observes he doesn't seem happy to... (full context)
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The Savage says he loves her. Lenina is overjoyed. But when he mentions marriage, she doesn't understand... (full context)
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As the Savage mentally steels himself against giving into lust, Lenina begins taking off her clothes. He is... (full context)
Chapter 14
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John rushes into the Park Lane Hospital for the Dying, where Linda is staying. The nurse... (full context)
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Linda is so drugged on soma she barely notices John. As John weeps, the nurse leads a group of Bokanovsky twins into the room. They... (full context)
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John returns to Linda, who thinks he's Popé. It's too much for John: he shakes his... (full context)
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John sobs, "God, god, god..." Five twins ask what he's saying, and ask if Linda is... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Just as John comes into the hallway, the shift-changes. The hall fills with hundreds of Delta twins who... (full context)
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Bernard and Helmholtz get a phone call telling them what the Savage is doing. They hurry to the hospital. They arrive just as the Savage starts dropping... (full context)
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...soma vapor into the air to quiet the Deltas. The police take Helmholtz and the Savage into custody. Bernard tries to slip away, but the police take him too. (full context)
Chapter 16
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Helmholtz, John, and Bernard are brought to Mustapha Mond's study. Helmholtz is cheerful. Bernard is nervous and... (full context)
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When John objects to the Bokanovsky Twins and caste system, Mond tells of an experiment in which... (full context)
Chapter 17
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The Savage, alone with Mond, asks if anything else beyond art and science has to be sacrificed... (full context)
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...says that God is not compatible with machines, medicine, and universal happiness, to which the Savage responds that it's natural to believe in God. Mond disagrees. He says people were once... (full context)
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The Savage argues that the infantile citizens of the World State have been degraded from a more... (full context)
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The Savage asks isn't there a value to living dangerously? Mond says yes, it's biologically important. That's... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Helmholtz and Bernard return. Mond is gone. They hear the Savage retching in the bathroom. He tells them that civilization and his own wickedness defiled him... (full context)
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Some days later, the Savage settles away from any city, in an abandoned lighthouse. He brings a few supplies, determined... (full context)
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...Deltas passing on a nearby highway see him. The next day reporters show up. The Savage abuses them verbally and physically, and soon is left in peace. But one day the... (full context)
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Lenina steps from a helicopter behind the crowd. The Savage rushes at her, screaming "Strumpet!" He whips her, and himself. The crowd goes into a... (full context)
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The next morning the Savage wakes. He sees that the crowd has gone, but he remembers the orgy of the... (full context)