While looking at himself in the mirror, our protagonist reflects on who he truly is. He has an image of himself; but, the man in the glass has a different view. Could these two conflicting images of the same person be " just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year, running over the same old ground? “
And so our story begins!
The protagonist in GRAVE NEW WORLD embarks on a journey of self-discovery. He will attempt to understand his "shadow" (Carl Jung concept). Only then can he become aware of who he truly is and hence begin the process of change and becoming ONE (WHOLE). This will not be easy! Thankfully there is a woman around to show him the way. His “anima”! (Carl Jung concept)
The dark place he is in at the start of the story is exacerbated by his belief of an indifferent, uncaring world. A world resembling Huxley's dystopia "Brave New World" where to be human is considered to be "savage". As he discovers the need for balance, we see him endure a metamorphosis and in the process he begins to understand who he is. In accepting his dark side our protagonist starts to accept others and is capable of love!
we're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,
running over the same old ground
what have we found?
the same old fears
wish you were here .......... Roger Waters
the Savage (in this hypothetical new version of the book) would not be transported to Utopia until he had had an opportunity of learning something at first hand about the nature of society composed of freely co-operating individuals devoted to the pursuit of sanity .......... Aldous Huxley, 1946
knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people .......... Carl Jung