John’s mother Linda taught him to read English, but he only had two books to read. One of them was The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, so he knows it very well. In Shakespeare’s plays, John has found words that help him to describe and understand his experience. For instance, when John feels angry with his mother’s lover Popé, he quotes lines from Hamlet, a play about a man who hates his mother’s new husband. John also quotes Shakespeare because he finds Shakespeare’s writing beautiful and true. One of the reasons he hates the World State is that the “feelies” written by the World State’s “emotional engineers” seem empty and meaningless by comparison.