Bernard Marx Character Analysis

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In a world where individuality is lost, and society matters most, one civilized person remains. In the novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Bernard Marx is an outcast amongst the rest of the people in the world state. Even though he grew up in the same environment, with the same teachings, he is not as brainwashed as the other people. He actually has to act like them against his will because acting individually or doing anything out of the ordinary will get him in trouble in this world where society matters most, and where “Everyone belongs to everyone else” (Huxley 40). Throughout the novel, Bernard Marx sets himself apart from the other characters by his divergent behavior, his reserved personality, and his bravery. Firstly, Bernard’s …show more content…
When Lenina and Bernard went to the Savage Reservation, they see many things that do not exist in the World State. Lenina, completely dismayed by everything she sees, wants to go back immediately to a “civilized” hotel. However, Bernard stays calm and tries to explain what he knows to her. When they see an old person, Lenina is horrified. However, Bernard shows his bravery by saying, “He’s old, that’s all” (110). This is very startling for him too because this is his first time seeing an old person; nevertheless, he tries to seem unmoved, so Lenina can calm down. Additionally, Directors are feared in the World State. Rarely does anyone speak up against them. However, Bernard has the guts to speak up for himself even in a room full of people. The Director attempts to embarrass and persecute Bernard in front of everyone in the Fertilizing Room; however, Bernard speaks up in front of everyone to defend himself. When the Director asks him if he can show any reason why he should not be persecuted, Bernard says, “Yes, I can” (149) in a loud and confident voice. Everyone is astonished by this action, especially the …show more content…
He challenges what he is told and does not just accept it like everyone else. He feels alone in the World State because everyone fits in with the behavior of the society as a whole, while he seems to be sticking out. The rest of the people all act the same way, and do things that are so uncivilized. For audiences reading it 2016, even though they are the civilized portion of the World, Bernard is the only civilized person left in this civilized World

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