Brave New World Ending: Summary & Analysis

Instructor: Kaitlin Oglesby

Kaitlin has a BA in political science and extensive experience working in the business world as Director of Marketing and Business Development at a financial advice firm.

At the end of Brave New World, Mustapha Mond continues his experiment on John, though this is the last thing John wants. After this decision, John goes into self imposed exile, and we find out what truly happens when someone is at the end of their rope.

Mustapha's Office

It's clearly the beginning of the end of Brave New World as Helmholtz, Bernard, and John find themselves in the office of World Controller Mustapha Mond. From the appearance of it, the most powerful man in Western Europe is not pleased with the exploits of these three, even if Bernard didn't exactly take part in the riot at the hospital that led to them all being arrested. However, it's also clear that punishment isn't exactly what the World Controller has in mind for the fates of the three men.

Brave New World cover
Brave New World cover

Islands for Some, Continuation for John

By instigating a riot, the three men have broken one of the cardinal rules of society in the World State - they threatened the stability caused by happiness. However, Mustapha isn't about to have the men killed.

First, he tells Bernard that he is to be sent to an island. Bernard cannot deal with this and ultimately has to be taken out of the room. This leads Mustapha to state that he really doesn't think of it as such a bad punishment - after all, the island will have the most interesting people that Bernard has ever met. Helmholtz is given a choice of islands and makes clear his demand for someplace bleak, so that he can continue to work on his writing.

However, we find out that John receives no such option. After a lengthy talk with Mustapha about the nature of society, John is destined to stay in London so that Mustapha can continue to observe how he reacts to civilization.

Escape and Limelight

This decision does not sit well with John, who is soon planning his escape from society. Ultimately, he manages to find a piece of land not far from London where he can hopefully have some peace. However, his self-beatings gain the interest of a passing group of Deltas, and soon reporters are on the scene to see the Savage, as John is often called throughout the book, beating himself with a whip. More and more people show up until finally Lenina, John's love interest, arrives. The sight of Lenina drives John into a fury, and the whole crowd begins to have a massive, soma-fueled orgy.

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