John’s Struggle for Identity in a Brave New World

"Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley

“Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley

Caught in a dystopian world, John the Savage struggles with two conflicting forces that illuminates the meaning of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World as a whole. Taken from his primal, native home and placed in an entirely different society, John battles with the desire to fit in and become uniform and his drive to remain true to his motives and ethics and not lose his unique spirit. Demonstrating the conflict that arises from a controlled society, John emphasizes the novel’s purpose and meaning. When faced with foreign opposition, one seeks acceptance, yet clings to the attributes that make him different.

Raised in a different society, John develops different ideals, ethics, and morals from the brave new world he later discovers. He takes pride in his character and does not wish to change who he has become.