Control of individuals begins at birth.
Linda has taught John to read, although from the only two books in her possession—a scientific manual and the complete works of Shakespeare.
Of course we are still some way off the vision presented in Brave New World but more worryingly we don't seem to be moving further away from it either, who knows how much closer we will get in the next 50 years?
John "the Savage", as he is often called is an outsider both on the Reservation—where the natives still practice marriage, natural birth, family life and religion—and the ostensibly civilised World State, based on principles of stability and shallow happiness. You may also like.
Introduced by William Conrad and narrated by Aldous Huxley. His success with Lenina, and his casual attitude about it, infuriate the jealous Bernard. After Linda dies, John meets a group of Delta clones who are receiving their soma ration.
Bernard reacts wildly when Mond says that he and Helmholtz will be exiled to distant islands, and he is carried from the room. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information.
This seemingly trivial anecdote turns out to be the pivotal part of the whole human story.