Bernard Marxism In Brave New World

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How unfortunate it was that the brilliant Bernard Marx of Brave New World, a man isolated by the emotions which are numb to the rest of society, is driven off the edge of sanity in an attempt to share these emotions.The tortured, misunderstood Alpha-plus man that wanted more out of life then to indulge in sexual ecstasies regulated by this “utopian” society was denied this throughout his life. At first, he was a subtle man, but then became a man that was pervaded by extreme jealousy and ego. Bernard Marx displays a vast amount of change, being introduced as the troubled character yearning for Lenina to understand him and his humanistic traits. In an attempt to make Lenina understand something other than sexual desire and pleasure, he takes…show more content…
While in New Mexico with Lenina, Bernard gains an interest in a so called “savage” named John, who spoke fluently in English. “Bernard’s question made a diversion. Who? How? When? From where?” (Ch. 7, pg. 117) As fascinated as Bernard sounds after meeting the English speaking savage, it is not the reason readers may think it is for. Earlier in the book, Bernard gives us the impression that he’s just a frustrated, lonely man with the desire to become close to Lenina and to share intellectual conversations with her. But, after so much time of being isolated, drowning within his own frustration and the lack of understanding from everyone around him, Bernard he's, in a way, given up on the idea of having a relationship just as humans would if they weren't controlled in such a society. Bernard is fed up with being alone, and as the Alpha-plus man he is, he won’t settle for being a lonely man anymore. Bernard takes the “savage” and uses him to escalate his fame and social standings. Bernard even begins to boast about how he’s had pleasurable encounters with women: “And I had six last week,” he confided to Helmholtz Watson. “One on Monday, two on Tuesday, two more on Friday, and one on Saturday. And if I’d had the time or inclination, there were at least a dozen they were only too anxious…” (Huxley
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