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Title: Brave New World

Brave New World
  • Chapter 15

Chapter 14 Recap
  • John (savage) visits Linda at the hospital for
    the Dying
  • John gets angry at the children making fun of
    Linda for being fat and ugly, showing his
    frustration with the brave new world
  • Linda dies, leaving John sobbing

Chapter 15
  • In the hospital reception area, John encounters
    two Bokanovsky groups of Delta twins picking up
    their soma rations after their shift. (The Deputy
    Sub-Bursar distributes soma to the Delta workers)
  • With bitter irony he recalls the lines, How many
    goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous
    mankind is! O brave new world. from his
    Shakespeare readings
  • John cries out for them to stop taking the soma
    rations. He tells them that it is a poison meant
    to enslave them and asks them to choose freedom.

Character Review
  • John -  The son of the Director and Linda (the
  • Helmholtz Watson -  An Alpha lecturer at the
    College of Emotional Engineering who feels that
    his work is meaningless He and Bernard are
    friends because they both dislike the World
    State, but Helmholtz gets tired of Bernards
    petty complaints whereas Helmholtz is more
    philosophical and thoughtful, causing a strain in
    their friendship

  • The man distributing the soma calls Bernard at
  • Helmholtz answers the phone and relays the news
    about Johns statements to Bernard. They rush to
    the hospital together.
  • The uncomprehending faces of the Delta workers
    infuriate John.

  • He throws the soma rations out a window. The
    Deltas rush at him in fury.
  • Helmholtz, who has just arrived, jumps into the
    fray to help defend John.
  • Bernard hesitates. He knows John and Helmholtz
    might be killed if he doesnt help, but he is
    afraid of being killed while trying to help them.
    He feels shame at his indecision.

  • The police arrive, spraying soma vapor and a
    powerful anesthetic.
  • Meanwhile, a recorded voice asks why the rioters
    are not happy together.
  • Before long, the Deltas are crying, kissing one
    another, and apologizing. Their soma rations are
    quickly restored. The police ask Helmholtz and
    John to come quietly. Bernard tries to slip out
    the door unobserved, but is caught before he can

Chapter Analysis
  • This short eventful chapter (climax) shows how
    John is fed up with the brave new world, and also
    leads up to the final event that will decide the
    outcome of the novel.
  • Twice earlier, John has quoted the line from
    Shakespeares play The Tempest, O brave new
    world / That has such people in it!
  • The first quotation, in Chapter 5, following
    Johns meeting with Bernard and Lenina is
    straightforward and joyous.

  • The second quotation, in Chapter 8, occurs when
    John sees several identical Bokanovsky groups
    working in a factory. Here, John delivers the
    line ironically, as an expression of his physical
    disgust at inhuman sameness.
  • In Johns sudden inspiration to action, Huxley
    validates the World States belief that
    uncensored literature (the lines from The
    Tempest) and intense emotionJohns sorrow at his
    mothers death and his disgust at the Delta
    children in the ward and the Delta adults lined
    up for somacan result in social unrest.

  • Johns surprising call to the Deltas to turn away
    from soma strikesat least potentiallyat the
    heart of social stability.
  • Note also Helmholtzs enthusiastic participation
    in the riot, contrasted with Bernards hesitancy
    and his attempt to avoid arrest. This
    contrastcommitment versus cowardicecontinues
    into Chapter 16.

  1. vestibule waiting area, reception area
  2. dolychocephalic having a relatively long head.
  3. bursar a treasurer, as of a college or similar
    institution. Here, Huxleys term for the person
    who holds and distributes soma at the Park Lane
  4. carapace the horny, protective covering over all
    or part of the back of certain animals, as the
    upper shell of a turtle, armadillo, crab, etc

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