Disgusted with the brave new world

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Disgusted with the brave new world, John refuses to attend a party for the Arch Community Singster  of Canterbury. This embarrasses Bernard and destroys his newly won popularity. Meeting with John and Bernard, Helmholtz reads an anti-social poem he has composed. This  reading inspires John to read Shakespeare aloud. Helmholtz's initial delight at the poetic language  turns to laughter and ridicule when Shakespeare's ideas about love and sex clash with Helmholtz's  own social conditioning. John's preference for Shakespeare over the feelies leads to an explicit discussion of the power of  words to create and express emotion — and to upset the social equilibrium. The chapter also  dramatizes John's rejection of Bernard for the more philosophical Helmholtz. In defying Bernard's demands for him to appear at a very important social gathering, John uses two  techniques of resistance — retreat and the Zuni language — both expressing his indifference to and 
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Unformatted text preview: independence from the powerful people of the London world. Faced with demand to behave as a conventional celebrity to ensure Bernard's continued social success, John returns to his Malpais identity, speaking Zuni and seeking comfort in the poetry of Shakespeare. Bernard's helplessness and John's angry disillusion will grow in the coming chapters — creating the climax and bringing about the events of the conclusion. The main idea of the chapter comes into focus, however, with Helmholtz's surprising composition of a real poem, as opposed to the slogans and catchy phrases he usually creates as a writer of hypnopaedia and feely scenarios. The theme of the poem — solitude — reveals dangerous anti-social leanings (promptly reported to the authorities) and opens the possibility of a poetic response from John — a reading from Shakespeare....
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