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Unformatted text preview: Reporters, film crews, and then crowds intrude on his privacy. When Lenina herself approaches him, lovesick and heartbroken, John attacks her with a whip. A riot breaks out and turns into a sexual orgy. John awakens the next day, groggy from soma , and realizes what has happened. Filled with despair and self-loathing, he kills himself. The concluding chapter of the novel brings John the Savage into direct physical conflict with the brave new world he has decided to leave. The sudden violence, shocking as it is, has been prepared for ever since the visit to Malpais and, in some ways, echoes the flagellation ritual Lenina and Bernard witness on the Savage Reservation. Left on his own, John reveals the true form of his religious feeling self-destructive rituals of purification by vomiting and whipping himself. Tortured by the memory of his mother's death, he will purification by vomiting and whipping himself....
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This note was uploaded on 12/02/2011 for the course ENG 2301 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.
- Fall '07