"'Free, free!' the Savage shouted, and with one hand continued to throw the soma into the area"

The Savage believes that in depriving the peopleĀ of their soma, he is freeing them by allowing their minds to think openly. This reflects a crucial argument as to whether happiness is more important than knowledge (or, in Utilitarian terms, lower pleasures over higher pleasures).

There is a parallel in a Zuni myth about the hero Poshaiyankya who, with the help of the Ahayuta twin brother gods, ledĀ the first people out of the underworld and into the light of the true world. John attempts to do likewise, to free the workers from their ignorant consumption of soma and lead them into the true, natural world.