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Brave New World

Aldous Huxley
Summary Key Questions and Answers
Summary Key Questions and Answers

15) How does attention from mass media contribute to John’s breakdown and suicide?

After rejecting the values of the World State, John goes off to live as far away from civilization as he can. In solitude, he does penance for his life and his mother’s death by whipping himself with cords. Some people see him, and soon he is surrounded by reporters who ensure he gets mentioned in The Hourly Radio and in the newspapers. Darwin Bonaparte makes a film about him, and sightseers flock to John by the hundreds to watch him whip himself. The crowds press in on him and, in the end, sweep him up in their Orgy-porgy dance. Unable to deal with the shame and remorse of participating in the orgy, John kills himself.