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John and the Soma

John and the Soma

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Published by Stuart Henderson

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Published by: Stuart Henderson on Aug 28, 2011
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Lecture TopicJohn and the soma destruction
hat happens?
Early in chapter 15 we see John leaving the hospital wherehis mother has just died. He runs into a group of Deltas whohave just finished up their day of work. They are waiting for their daily soma distribution. John, having just seen somadestroy his mother to the point where she no longer evenrecognises him, comes to the realisation that soma is whatreally enslaves the citizens of the
orld State. He then takesit upon himself to show the Deltas the truth.
mportance passages
The Savage stood looking on. ´O brave new world, O brave new world.µ
n hismind the singing words seemed to change their tone. They had mocked himthrough his misery and remorse, mocked him with how hideous a note of cynical derision! Fiendishly laughing, they had insisted on the low squalor, thenauseous ugliness of the nightmare. Now, suddenly, they trumpeted a call toarms. ´O brave new world!µMiranda was proclaiming the possibility of loveliness, the possibility of transforming even the nightmare into somethingfine and noble. ´O brave new world!µ
t was a challenge, a command.´Linda had been a slave, Linda had died; others should live in freedom, and theworld be made beautiful. A reparation, a duty. And suddenly it was luminouslyclear to the Savage what he must do; it was as though a shutter had beenopened, a curtain drawn back.µ

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