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Brave New World’s Bernard

In Brave New World, Aldous Huxley uses Bernard Marx;s character to demonstrate that even in a society where people are manufactured by the hundreds, human instincts still hold true, and they cannot be denied.
Huxley explores Bernard;s human desire to undermine the society that ultimately refuses to accept him.This exploration begins immediately with Bernard;sfirst appearance.Just as the Director finishes his explanation of how efficiently the World State successfully eliminated lovesickness and everything that goes along with frustrated desire, Bernard gives the reader thefirst glimpse into a character;s private thoughts.That character is one that is lovesick, jealous, and fiercely angry at his sexual rivals.Under his breath, Bernard expresses his fierce loathing of Henry Foster and Benito Hoover. He calls them ;idiots, swine; (55).On the surface level, a reader would come to believe that Bernard;s discontent stems from a systematic or philosophical dislike for his society.Although this argument contains elements of truth, Bernard’s discontent more accurately stems from his frustrated desire to fit into his own society.As human beings, we want what we cannot have, and when we realize that we cannot have it, we try to devalue it by criticizing it.
It is Bernard;s inferiority complex that inhibits him from fulfilling his desires.He is his own worst enemy in his struggle to gain acceptance because he consciously alienates himself from his peers.He spends his time alone, wallowing over his inadequacies.One of which is his physical stature.Bernard is an Alpha-Plus, yet he holds the physical prowess of a Gamma.He, therefore, severely resents the normal people in his society.As a result of human instinct, Bernard becomes rather fond of solitude, and he spends his time thinking and pondering alone.This alienates him even further from his society because he does…


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