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Brave New World

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

4) Why can’t John and Lenina have a relationship?

John grew up on the Savage Reservation, where traditional monogamy is enforced. In The Complete Works of William Shakespeare he has read stories like The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet, in which young men do dangerous or difficult things to prove themselves worthy of marrying the women they love. John wants to “do something” for Lenina. Lenina, on the other hand, grew up in the World State. She believes that it is morally wrong to be monogamous, or to delay pleasure. She wants to have sex with John right away. Lenina thinks it makes no sense to wait before having sex, while John thinks it is disgusting not to wait. Even though they are attracted to one another, they can’t find common ground about what a relationship ought to be.