Exile In Brave New World Essay

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Exile is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the state of being barred from one’s native country, typically for political or punitive reasons” or by the Oxford dictionary as “a situation in which you are forced to leave your country or home and go to live in a foreign country”. The characters in Brave New World that experience exile, whether self-inflicted, socially, or accidentally, and the effects it has is on each is very profound. One of the main themes explored by Brave New World is how it affects exiled the character, and how it affects the world and people around them.
The most pitiful character in Brave New World is a woman, who was born and raised in civilization, named Linda. As a young woman she went on a trip to the savage reservation
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With the birth of her son, she learned to actually love something. While it is never stated that love is suppressed in the dystopian society, it clearly is. This is evident in how they never get married or have a family, how they have multiple relationships with others for brief periods of time, and how affection is never bred into them. They don’t even love what they do, they only do it because it is bred into them that they have to do those things. Linda tells Lenina that even though she found having a child horrible that “... John was a great comfort to me. I don’t know what I should have done without him.”(p. 122) While she may not realize it, her exile made her more human.
Aldous Huxley uses Linda as an insight to what is really wrong with the society in Brave New World. Her bearing a child, physical appearance, and overuse of soma is something that is highly negative and disgusting. The society has no pity for her situation which she had no control over. They think her disgusting, rather than seeing the hardships she went through and think nothing of how they might learn from her. A tragic character Linda’s life was one of hardship after hardship. Her exile made her a better person by our standards today, but did nothing for her in the dystopian society of Brave New