Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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In Aldous Huxley's novel, "Brave New World" he introduces a character named, Bernard Marx an alpha part of the upper higher class who does not quite fit in. Bernard is cursed by the surrounding rumors of something going wrong during his conditioning that he becomes bitter and isolates himself from those around him in the World State. Huxley's character experiences both alienation and enrichment to being exiled from a society that heavily relies on technology and forms of entertainment with little to no morals. According to Palestinian American literary theorist and cultural critic Edward Said quoted, "Exile is strangely compelling to think about but terrible to experience. It is the unhealable rift forced between a human being and a native place, between the self and its true home: its essential sadness can never be surmounted." Bernard is the odd egg in the basket and feels alienated from a society that does not accept him. Bernard is an alpha although he was never completely accepted as one because people often made up rumors that alcohol was in his blood surrogate. Bernard is alienated from the World State in multilple ways starting from his conception something went wrong immediately deeming him as abnormal. Currently in today's society we still view those with birth defects as abnormal and do not consider them as part of society because they are not normal. As with Bernard the alphas view him inferiorly, because of this Bernard despises all those in the World State and critizies their motives and desires. Bernard is not similar to the citizens in the World State because he is lovesick for Lenina who sees nothing in him except social gain, he becomes very jealous of men around Lenina making him fiercely angry because he stil... ... middle of paper ... ...e to his alienation he is unable to take upon this action and remains filled with knowledge and morality about the truth of the World State that he despises. Bernard the protagonist of "Brave New World" written by Aldous Huxley is a character alienated from society because the other Alphas do not accept him due to the rumors people made up that claimed alcohol was in his blood surrogate. However as Edward Said wrote, "exile can become a 'potent, even enriching' experience." Although Bernard was alienated from society he was enriched with knowledge and understanding of the other classes such as the Epsilons. He took a trip to the Reservation and learned how the savages lived. With alienation comes understanding and higher thinking. Bernard was not only alienated but enriched because he was not like the others in the sense that he knew the truth & stuck to his morals.

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