In the novel Brave New World, the character John the Savage, an outsider to the World State since he came from a Savage Reservation, uses Shakespeare to portray his emotions. Reciting Shakespeare provides John with the knowledge he needs to understand the brave new world he’s been introduced with. Even the title of the book itself is a line from the Shakespeare play The Tempest that reads: “Oh, wonder! / How many goodly creatures are there here! / How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, / That has such people in ‘t!” This same line was read by John throughout the story, and each time, he becomes more and more disgusted with the World State. Some of the first lines we read from John are “Do you see that damned spot(Macbeth)” while pointing to the blood on the ground after the whipping in the centre of the Savage Reservation, and “The multitudinous seas incarnadine(Macbeth)”.
The way John recites this line means that he would have taken Palowhtiwa’s place, proudly, and John would have given so much more blood that him. Even from John’s introduction, we can tell that he is very unlike Bernard and Lenina, mainly because he was very open about wanting to get whipped to show that he is a man to the savages. The most important scene regarding John the Savage reciting Shakespeare to portray his emotion is when him and Lenina are alone together, and she tries to seduce him as she gets naked.
He begins to get horrified and outraged, and he calls her a slut, and he was threatening to kill the “Impudent strumpet(Othello)”, AKA Lenina. Of course, Lenina, who had been conditioned to sleep around, wasn’t really to blame for trying to do what she was used to. John was angered at this scene, and used Shakespeare to show that he was genuinely outraged at Lenina’s advances toward him, and John shows how he views the World State through the lens of Shakespeare’s world. He is tortured by his need for love/Lenina, and she is unable to reciprocate the love to him.
Continuing with John using Shakespeare to portray his emotions to Lenina, in chapter 13, he feels as though he needs to prove himself to her, so he tells her, as he explains he wants to do some horrible thing from the traditions of the reservation, and from Shakespeare, to prove himself to her, “but some kinds of baseness are nobly undergone(The Tempest).” In this chapter, John suffers a bit of bad character as he tries to prove himself worthy to Lenina, as he hopes desperately that she’ll change her World State ways and actually love him like he knew in the Reservation. Old fashioned love; marriage, children, etc.