City Tech, Fall 2016

Category: Brave New World (Page 3 of 6)

The Rising of the Plot

As things have been going on in “Brave New World,” the plot has now been increasing. The director has now been talking about “The hive of Industry” (136). He’s been explaining  how bad the creation of children can be and how it’s future can be bad for the society. There was a certain text the society and it was “From the Social Predestination Room the escalators went rumbling down into the basement, and there, in the crimson darkness, stewing warm on their cushion of peritoneum and gorged with blood surrogate and hormones, the fetuses grew and grew or, poisoned languished into a stunted Epsilonhood” (136). This is saying that as the creation of the children grows, they’re saying that they can become a problem to the society.

Also, there was this time when we see John again when Linda was attacking Tomakin, aka The Director. As John arrived, he went to the director and he said “My Father” (140). We may not know if that’s his genetic father or an adopted father, but all we can know is that there could be some major problems between John and the Director. Maybe in the future of the book, John and the Director maybe working together to keep on disrespecting the people and the way how humanity was created.

Human Nature

In Brave New World it is important to set your eyes on both Bernard’s and John’s world. When you set your eyes on both worlds you are able to distinguish characteristics that establish what makes a human, human.  By the author Aldous Huxley giving us this contrast we are able to analyze between the worlds in which one has lab bred babies, eternal youth, no religion, and the other has natural birth, death and religion. To be a human is to create because a human has to learn, teach, and manufacture.

It is a part of human nature to want and give answers. In Brave New World most characters don’t have questions or answers. We as reader’s can see John’s world contrast with Bernard’s when john says, “Linda never seemed to know. The old men of pueblo had much more definite answers” (122). In the new world they are ok not knowing but in the old world they are always curious. It also human nature to be innovative and create. In the old world john states, “To fashion, to give form, to feel his fingers gaining in and skill and power—this gave him an extraordinary pleasure” (125).  This is a natural feeling for human beings.

Humans also love to teach and learn. Not only do we see Linda do this we also see Helmholtz do when he states, “I wanted to do a bit of propaganda; I was trying to engineer them a feeling as I felt when I wrote the rhymes” (165). Here he wants the students to think and create. In the new world we see opposition to these human characteristics. The controller states:

It was a masterly piece of work. But once you began admitting explanations in terms of purpose—well, you didn’t know what the result might be. It was the sort of idea that might decondition the more unsettled minds among the higher caste—make them lose their faith in happiness as the Sovereign Good and take to believing, instead, that the goal was somewhere beyond, somewhere outside the present human sphere; that the purpose of life was not the maintenance of wellbeing, but some intensification and refining of consciousness, some enlargement of knowledge. Which was, the controller reflected, quit possibly true.(162)

The controller proves that knowledge is the key to human nature. It is innate for human beings to seek knowledge, purpose, and improvisation.

Bernard’s Gain in Importance

Reading on through the next few chapters of Brave New World, chapter’s 10-13 to be exact, there were many scenes that were worth noting.  But what I found to be the most interesting/intriguing, is Bernard’s rise in importance and becoming the center of attention.  Something that he has never hoped to achieve or even thought of as something worth of achieving.   Yet, once he realized this sense of importance among others, he happily indulged.  Because of John, being labeled as a Savage living together with the civilized people of the New World, he was able to gain a tremendous sense of importance.

Curiosity for Savages is the reason for Bernard’s sudden rise of importance within the New World.  A case in point would be when John’s mother, Linda, was being examined by Dr. Shaw.  The doctor concluded his examinations, and declared that it would be best if Linda continues taking a large amount of soma daily so that she would die quicker.  Yet, before the doctor left he tells Bernard, “‘to have had this opportunity to see an example of senility in a human being. Thank you so much for calling me in'”(144).  It was evident that the doctor only had interests with Linda and her senility, but at the same time he treated Bernard with the utmost respect.  Something that he didn’t have initially.  People were no longer spreading rumors behind his back and he was able to get all the women he desired.  Again, he happily indulged.

Bernard was acting differently compared to his usual self because of all the attention he received.  Throughout earlier chapters we viewed Bernard as sort of an outcast, someone who doesn’t want to take part of the norms within the New World.  Someone who wasn’t satisfied with taking soma and having artificial feelings.  Although once he was able to get all of this attention from others of his rank, he became a completely different person.  The text mentions, “The days passed.  Success went fizzily to Bernard’s head, and in the process completely reconciled him (as any good intoxicant should do) to a world which, up till then, he had found very unsatisfactory.  In so far as it recognized him as important, the order of things was good”(145).  This piece of text pretty much sums up what change of personality Bernard experienced throughout this event.  A sense of importance is a good intoxicant indeed, but like any other intoxicant, it doesn’t last forever.

John gave Bernard a sense of importance within this society, and he was also able to take it away.  Bernard had organized a party so that top ranking individuals, such as the Arch-Community-Songster, would be able to meet the Savage.  Once the Savage refused to appear, the sense of importance that Bernard desperately clanged onto, suddenly dissipated.   There were insults being thrown around all directed towards Bernard, and he wasn’t able to do anything about it and felt miserable again.  John brought up a good point about Bernard’s change in personality which I also found interesting.  He mentioned, “‘Well I’d rather be unhappy then have the sort of false, lying happiness you were having there'”(163).  I suppose that in John removing Bernard from this new sense of entitlement and importance, he was doing him a favor of removing him from these false sentiments.

Overall, Bernard’s importance exemplified that even the most unsatisfied individuals of their own society, are able to change their perception of the world as soon as they become the center of attention.  He let his ego get the best of him, and he decided to take advantage of it to the fullest extent.  Chapters 10-13 really showed its readers how emotions developed by false admiration from others can really change someone.

Clarity for Helmholtz

Helmholtz in the story Brave new World is a very bewildering character because he is someone who has everything but there is something missing. He is a creator and an intellectual who feels like he’s lacking something that even he can’t understand. I believe what he’s lacking is creativity, and the outlet to use his creative mind to create for another purpose other than creating propaganda in his job as a lecturer at the College of Emotional Engineering. When he is introduced to John and this series of conversations with him about poetry something clicks, the greatest writer of the World State realizes that his life’s work has been for nothing, and that all he writes in his job as a lecturer, from the slogans to the lines for the feelies, is all a waste. “In all these weeks he had never come to so close an  intimacy with the savage as Helmholtz immediately achieved”. They became so close because Helmholtz saw what he was missing in John, and finally was able to understand what was wrong with him. Helmholtz Run in with the government is because he wants people to feel what he’s writing, he wants people to take his words and interpret them for themselves and feel what he’s going through. “I was trying to engineer them into feeling as I’d felt when i wrote the rhymes. Ford!”. He want’s them to feel the words, this was evident when John recited a poem by shakespeare and Helmholtz felt the word as he recited them. ” Helmholtz listened with a growing excitement. At “sole Arabian tree” he started; at “thou shrieking harbinger” he smiled with sudden pleasure; at “every fowl of tyrant wing” the blood rushed up into his cheeks but at “defunctive music” he turned pale and trembled with an unprecedented emotion”.  Helmholtz finally started to understand what he was missing his entire life these last three chapters, and i believe John is going to be the one who awakens the real poet hidden behind all the brainwashing and conditioning.

Parasite

People use events and others around themselves to help themselves along their own path. However, it is possible to take it too far and become dependent on this events and people. Also, fame does not give way to power, particularly, if the people you try to influence have power or are conditioned otherwise. It has also been proven that power or thinking you have power corrupts people and brings out their core flaws.

When John first comes to the New World he is quickly used by Bernard to remove his father from his post and secures Bernard’s own (138-142). Bernard then goes on to use the Worlds curiosity of John to grow in fame and receive that which he could not before (144-145), however he was still hated (145). Much like the early explorers who uncovered new worlds and brought back riches and people to show their leaders and people. Or much like fads that have everyone in a buzz over them for a time and then it all dies out. Bernard was riding this wave of interest and funneling it thought himself to be carried further along. Bernard let this wave of fame and fortune wash over him while holding on to John to keep the waves going. He let go of pass problem, friends, work and everything that was his own before meeting John. He also let go of his sanity and his inhibitor of social acts (145) all due to his status as accredited guardian of John, the savage. But everyone around him knew this fact. And that one day it would lead to his downfall (145). Even Mustapha Mond, who gave him this authority over the savage saw that Bernard was acting far superior then he ought to be (147). Bernard start to openly use John as a method of visiting, attracting and negotiating with people whom normally he would have no contact with (148-150). However, this sensation of power and control, which led to Bernard’s happiest times without soma encouraged him to go further with his ambitions. John became a tool, a tool to move himself alongside those, who beforehand would not bother themselves with him. He wished to be acknowledged by his peers and to gratify himself in his discovery. He became the very thing that he hated about his society. He became whole for once in his life, able to get any woman he desired, to be treated with respect, and to feel important (145). He decided to reach a new pinnacle, to invite the Arch-Community-Songster, a leader, someone whom would never meet with him prior to this (158). And this is where the glass floor that he was dancing on all this time, gave way. And all the little pieces, pieces of glass cur through his happiness all because the one thing that he used to make it in a first place, would not leave his room (159-161). Because John would not leave his room All this happened at what should have been his highest victory, and so hell from the heavens wings burned by the sun down into the sea where he drown. It is here that all his fake friends turned on him, laughed at him, made fun of him and dragged him down deeper into sorrow. Once more he faced despair and once more he took the easy way out and solved nothing (161).

Bernard was very flawed in character even without his incorrect physique. He was petty, envious, insecure and obtrusive. But the discovery of John led him to a false believe in himself and how others perceive him. He took their outward kindness, attention and patients as their true intentions (144,145). He wanted to believe this because it was his deepest desire to be different, to be heard, and to be at the same time accepted by the others (144). But this things do not coincide with one another, to be different in a world of order, yet be accepted for being out of it. To be heard yet not understood. To have fame in a world where it matters not. He took temporary interest of the people in the savage as a sign of his own achievement as though he himself created the savage. He felt untouchable for he had removed the director who threatened to remove him (142). He reported directly to the controller, he spoke directly to God. He chose to allow himself to be taken in by the same system that for years saw him as an outcast. Yet, he was not accepted. Simply he was tolerated, he was not granted power and any that he felt as though he had, was directly from John. He was still as powerless, perhaps, even more hated than before, and became a worse person then he was before. He still talked to people who were part of the system, a part of a machine that has been in power for years. He knew from his own work that they were conditioned to think one way and one way alone. Yet his new courage led him to speak with more and more people who would turn on him. His true friends, he left them where he castoff his old self(145). He saved himself once thanks to John but now he was digging a deeper hole for himself with the same person. Even Mustapha Mond refused to publish his work due to the effect it might have on the minds of the people (162).

Power is the ability to do something that others cannot or will not do. Depending on the amount of power, it is possible to avoid or mitigate the consequences of takin actions. But there is also fame, fame is an indirect power which is relative to the amount of people who see you in a good light. Power does not always rely on people for it could be used alone but fame does require witnesses, believers, and admirers. It is possible to acquire power through fame and reverse is also true. But power is a better tool than fame. It can be used directly and the results are more focused VS the democratic and liberal force of fame. Fame depends on the people. Those that believe completely are the greatest source of power VS those who merely follow. Fame can get you ten million supporters but of them less than a million would be die hard fanatics. While power and authority can have a nearly infinite amount of dedicated fanatics. This is particularly true in Beave New World. As seen with Mustapha Mond having total control over the people who are all part of the same process of conditioning, teaching and false joy (146,147,162). Then you have Bernard with his new found “fame” due to John the savage. They are both outcasts, yet John is ironically more accepted by the strange new society then Bernard ever was. However, this doesn’t stop Bernard from trying to get his views across to the others of his kind. For he bundled himself in this fame to not see all the lies he now believed. His own flaws protruded ever so more in his delirious state of grandeur. His words fell upon death ears who merely noted how strange and annoying of a men he was. He never had power and he never had fame, he merely believed that he did which led him to this greatest failure. This is his greatest character flaw, his idyllic imaginative nature. He creates half-truth and lies to make himself feel better, while living in the world of his own misery.

A parasite benefits by using someone else’s power at the expense of that person. While we do not see the immediate negatives of Bernard’s actions on John, we do see the negatives on Bernard as he draws power from John. Bernard gets drunk of the attention that John brings to himself by simply existing and only being accessible through Bernard. He fails to see himself as a middle man and comes up with a sense of being a producer. Ultimately, leading to his own downfall due to a lack of power and fame which he never had to begin with.

The False, Lying Happiness of this Brave New World

Reading chapters 10-13 of Brave New World, we notice that the society of this World relies on technological machines and drugs in order to fulfill their lives with happiness. But what they do not realize is they are living in a world where happiness is only superficial and inhumane. The people in Brave New World can never achieve truly happiness since they lack of the human satisfaction that would free them and let them live a fully life. Through the use of characterization, Huxley conveys the idea that happiness should not be created by social construct, but, to achieve truly happiness individuals must struggle in order to find it by his/her own.

Bernard is exemplified as a major character who lives under a life of false happiness. Bernard brings an outsider, John the Savage, and utilizes him to satisfy his own purposes. His desire is to feel the acceptance of his superiors and society in general, as he believes by doing that he will find his happiness among society and enjoy the benefits that the Alpha plus caste has to offer him. He wants to enjoy the pleasures of being important and well known by his peers. For this reason, he shows John to the rest of the society as his most valuable discovery and, the people, amaze to see such unique and peculiar human being among them, they started to sympathize with Bernard by being friendly and inviting him to special events that he would never have been invited from. As Bernard states he feels “for the first time in his life, treated not merely normally, but as a person of outstanding importance” (pg. 144). For once in his entire life, Bernard feels “happy” since for him happiness means receiving his peer’s attention and the pleasures the society has to offer him. He feeds himself with an air of superiority since he is acclaimed by his fellows.  However, what he does not realize is that what he believes to be happy is merely a false pretense since the people are only polite and friendly to him because of the John (the Savage). Meanwhile they still talk wrong beside his back and continue disapproving Bernard’s ideas. Finally this supposedly happiness comes to an end when John refuses to show himself off to Bernard’s event. He loses the respect of the people and is again criticize for being odd. As the writer narrates “what should have been the crowning moment of Bernard’s whole career had turned out to be the moment of his greatest humiliation” (pg. 161). All his feelings of happiness and superiority get crash down and he is left with a terrible humiliation, embarrassment and defeat.

Lenina is another character in the novel who pretends to live a false happiness in this dystopian world. She believes that her environment is a perfect society where happiness always consists of living in soma doses and the motto “everyone belongs to everyone else” until one day her emotions get compromised when she meets John. Lenina feels attracted to John and enjoys being around the Savage’s company. By analyzing her emotions towards John, we can imply that inside her there is still a hope of living a life without false pretenses and true love. However, in the outside she restrains these feelings and avoids any emotion that might compromise her status in society. When Lenina faces John’s rejection she gets devastated and experiences sentiments -as describe by the author- of “dreadful emptiness, a breathless apprehension, a nausea. Her heart seemed to stop beating”. This portrays the normal human emotions of an individual who being in love with someone else, gets rejected by the love one. So in order to forget and escape the human emotions that at first made her happy, she relies on the soma medication which would break her connection with the human world and bring her to a superficial, mundane and immoral World.

Finally, John is another character by which Huxley illustrates the false meaning of happiness of this Brave New World. John is characterized as a more humble and emotional person since he grew up in a Reservation where human values such as family, love and culture still prevail despite/throughout the years. He has listened to all Linda’s stories about this “Brave New World” where there seems to be progress and the people are happy and satisfied with their lives. He gets enticed by this World and decides to explore it, however he learns that everything he has imagined about this society is a despicable lie. A clear example is reflected when after visiting some working places, John observes the injustice among the social classes and becomes disgusted of the treatment towards the lower caste workers. He also becomes nauseated to see the amount of promiscuity and false love among the people of this society. He is terrified to see how the act of true love has been transformed into a carnal and promiscuous act as he indignantly describes the horrible film of a colored men and the young Beta-Plus woman as “base” and “ignoble” (pg. 156). John’s perception of happiness towards this “New Brave World” changes and he becomes greatly disillusioned and unhappy of living in this dystopian society.

Brave New World chapters 10-13

In this weeks reading we encountered Johns experiences as he learns what life is like in London. It seemed that everywhere John went he disagreed with what he experienced, John could never assimilate himself with the norms of this society and refused to let go of his original customs. John finds fulfillment in more anti conservative forms, preferring to deal with his emotions than the standard way of using soma and living in the now. One medium that John uses to express his emotions is through literature. While it is considered anti state and discusses negative emotions we still get a sense that all of the characters would enjoy this type of liberty.

In these chapters we see that freedom of expression is something that can be negative yet desired. Censorship happens extensively in order to maintain happy law abiding citizens. We see a prime example of this when Mustapha Mond states ” The authors mathematical treatment of the conception of purpose is novel and highly ingenious, but heretical and, so far as the present social order is concerned, dangerous and potentially subversive. Not to be published.” (Pg162) The example given here shows that the social order must ban all work if it does not help their agenda of creating happiness. Mustapha shows that this norm isn’t fully desired when he states “”What fun would it be,” he thought “if one didn’t have to think about happiness!””(Pg162) Here Mustapha shows an appreciation for this work but his job of maintaining peace and order will not allow him to allow it.

Censorship also seems to restrict individuals of reaching their potential. Helmholtz a well known hypnopeadic writer has always expressed a desire to do something more than writing strictly for the state. This lack of potential causes him to feel unfulfilled it isn’t until he writes a poem of his own that Helmholtz starts to express truly vivid emotions. Even though Helmholtz gets in trouble for writing about loneliness he states that he feels “as though I were just beginning to have something to write about. As though I were beginning to be able to use that power I feel I’ve got inside me- that extra latent power.” Here we start seeing that Helmholtz is starting to get intrigued. He’s finally written something for himself and wants to continue.

Even the freedom to read and study on your own accord can bring happiness. John and Helmoholtz soon become acquainted and begin to review Shakespeare’s work. While both characters are moved by the poetry, Helmholtz shows a misunderstanding to the story by not being able to relate to the kinship bonds. Helmholtz gains and understanding for art and literature  when he says ” you’ve got to be hurt and upset: otherwise you can’t think of the really good, penetrating, xrayish phrases.” Here we see Helmholtz is beginning to learn how to tap into his latent power which he has never done to all of the propaganda in his life. Unfortunately Helmholtz cannot yet do it when he states ” we need some other kind of madness and violence. But what?what?where can one find it?” Without bonds of kinship Helmholtz might not have much to write about. The states propaganda has isolated his mind to the inspiration Shakespeare and many other writer have had.

 

Direct and Indirect References to Other Works, in Regards to John

As I was reading this segment of Brave New World (ch.10-13), I observed some parallels between John’s character and other works of fiction. Whether it’s intentional (like with Shakespearean references) or just connections I made with other works that I personally enjoyed, it’s an interesting way to understand his character more and to possibly allude to what might happen to John.

The first comparison I want to make with John is with the character Othello from the work that shares his namesake, Othello. I’ve read Othello and am pretty familiar with the plot and characters of the story, so I can give a bit of insight in why Huxley may have pointed out this particularity:

“Five minutes later he was back in his room. From its hiding-place he took out his mouse-nibbled volume, turned with religious care its stained and crumbled pages, and began to read Othello. Othello, he remembered, was like the hero of Three Weeks in a Helicopter – a black man.” (p.157)

A quick summary of Othello; Othello is a high ranked officer in the Venetian army and is in love with the daughter of a politically influential figure (her name is Desdemona). Othello is not treated the same way as other officers, since he’s Black (referred to in the work as a “Moore”); and although it’s not strongly emphasized in the plot, his race causes him to be seen as inferior to the other Venetians. Iago, a man who claims to be Othello’s friend but secretly wants to get rid of him, plants seeds of doubt into Othello’s mind throughout the story, causing him to doubt Desdemona’s loyalty and thus leads him to kill her.

I think what Huxley is trying to convey with this reference is that John is like Othello, a man who is out of place in a society that expects differently from him. Othello should not be a high ranked officer in the Venetian society he’s based in, nor should John the Savage be treated with respect as a human being despite being birthed from people in the “Brave New World”. They are both the outliers in a world that expects worse from them, and only through their interactions with societal corruption (Iago to Othello as Bernard to John) do they ultimately break and stop being who they truly want to be/be with, Desdemona/Lenina.

Straying away from old English plays, another reference that I thought of while reading the text was King Kong, the classic film of men venturing to an island, finding a gigantic ape, and bringing it back to society to showcase for all to see. This was the quote that first brought the idea to me:

“It was John, then, they were all after. And as it was only through Bernard, his accredited guardian, that John could be seen, Bernard now found himself, for the first time in his life, treated not merely normally, but as a person of outstanding importance.” (p.144)

Bernard acts just like the film director from King Kong, where he gains all the glory and satisfaction for discovering the “Savage”; he reaps the rewards of bringing something new/exciting for people to see and parades John as though he were a novelty, just to get ahead for himself.

Not only did I see this with Bernard, but with John’s interaction with Lenina (in a dark, reflective way compared to King Kong). “‘No, of course it isn’t necessary. But some kinds of baseness are nobly undergone. I’d like to undergo something nobly. Don’t you see?’” (p.173). John, with his customs of courtship from Malpais and Shakespeare do not translate in “civilized” society; much like with Kong, where he tries to court Ann Darrow (the blonde beauty). Kong does eventually capture the heart of Ann because of Ann’s openness and understanding, whereas Lenina’s one-dimensional obedience to her conditioned worldview prevents her from realizing what John is trying to accomplish, love.

Moreover, the way John acts when Lenina is only lustfully interested in him is very animalistic, which again reminded me of how Kong acts when distraught:

“But instead of also saying ‘Darling!’ and holding out his arms, the Savage retreated in terror, flapping his hands at her as though he were trying to scare away some intruding and dangerous animal. Four backwards steps, and he was brought to bay against the wall…Opening her eyes, she had seen his face – no, not his face, a ferocious stranger’s, pale, distorted, twitching with some insane, inexplicable fury.” (p.176)

Kong and John are both products of “the other” and their concepts do not reflect back into a world that skewed itself as far as it could from nature; the difference being that Kong is literally an animal and John merely a representation of an animal/the natural. Will the gilded beauty of the Savage’s “Brave New World” kill him much like “beauty killed the beast” in King Kong…?

John and Bernard’s characters conflict !!!

When I started to read the “brave new world” I thought Bernard was nothing compared to john at least on a characterized prospective. As soonest I read chapter 10-13 I figured out Bernard is about to be different and yet it happened Bernard is taking johns hot spots. Like popularity and people starting to know him better. Although John was smart and dramatic he was caring where Bernard is not. I knew that when I read about him worried that soma would kill the women in 2 months based on the dosage she’s taking. Yes, somehow the doctors convinced john it’s actually lengthen her life. I kinda thought this was ironic because John has a feeling that it’s bad but then he believed it’s good. Anyway, in chapter 10-30 Bernard character changed, he’s now popular and is capable of going out with girls. Not to be sarcastic or anything but it’s like him being a jerk now. Maybe it’s the fact that he was considering himself ” nothing ” and once he got able to do something he couldn’t do for a while it made him super fool. Although when Bernard character is now more like romantic most of the time but it still raised a question that I might not understood from the reading.

From chapter 10-13 Bernard was mostly getting girls and dating here and there but it never mentioned that John is actually was doing the same not at any point ? This is not comparison but I just thought why does Bernard have to look like that person who is from one point of view “bad” even if he had a treatment or help to be normal again. Specially when he hears people telling him your a loser. On chapter 12 when he failed to call John out from the room he simply felt like angry and also when he hears people calling him a loser to deal with the situation he took some soma. Bad choice, Bernard revenge is huge step toward evil. John at other hand always refers to novels and plays when taking new actions like that time when he was sad about soma usage.
After all, I think those two characters can not be compared nor matched because it simply different.

Bernard’s Character Arc

Throughout the novel, Bernard is seen as a man seeking independence from his mundane life. There is constant talk of him disliking the ways of the World State, and even questioning his prominent position in the “perfect” state. As the reader, we are most relatable to Bernard’s character, as it is human nature to question true happiness. However, the comparison towards Bernard is thrown out the window when his true ambition of fame is discovered. Bernard went from being a modest loner, seeking independence to an arrogant celebrity, engulfed in ego and fame.

Supporting this claim, we begin with a new found confidence in Bernard as he and Lenina return from the savage reservation with Linda and John.  Boastful and stout, Bernard approached the Director with confidence, before learning he is being punished for his spread of propaganda. Evidence of the Director’s disappointment shown in the text states,

 “By his heretical views on sport and soma, by the scandalous unorthodoxy of his sexlife, by his refusal to obey the teachings of Our Ford and behave out of office hours, ‘even as a little infant, he has proved himself an enemy of Society, a subverter, ladies and gentlemen, of all Order and stability, a conspirator against civilization itself. For that reason I propose to dismiss him…” (pg. 138).

Heavy accusation fell on Bernard by the Controller. However, instead of accepting defeat Bernard retaliated by exposing the past of the Director by introducing his former lover and son to he and his underlings. First, Linda expresses her joy after being reunited with the Controller, the text supports, “She ran forward, her blanket trailing behind her, threw her arms round his neck, hid her face on his chest. A Howl of laughter up irrepressibly. ” (pg. 140). Following was John, repeating “My Father”(pg. 140) to express his excitement of meeting the Controller. The text continues, “Pale wide-eyed, the Director glared about him in an agony if bewilderment humiliation.” (pg.141). Stricken with shame and embarrassment, the Director steps down from his position leaving Bernard free from his punishment and turning him into a celebrity, along with John.

Now looked upon as a celebrity, Bernard’s character finally found the happiness he sought out for so long thanks to the arrival of John. Evidence supporting this statement goes, ” It was John, then,  they we all after. And as it was only through Bernard, his accredited guardian, that John could be seen. Bernard now found himself, for the first time in his life, treated not merely normally, but as a person of outstanding importance…” (pg. 144). Thieving on the curiosity of others on John,  Bernard’s notability sky rocketed and finally felt comfortable to be apart of society. Moreover, the text adds, “the days passed. Success went frizzily to Bernard’s head, and in the process completely reconciled him (as good intoxicate should do) to a world which, up till then, he found himself unsatisfactory… He was politely listened to, but behind his back they shook their heads.” (pg.145). Blinded by his popularity, Bernard had went from a respected man of the state to a arrogant celebrity, whom people secretly resented. Even so, that did not matter as Bernard was at last happy for the first time.

The question to be asked, does fame bring happiness?

While many characters find happiness by just being apart of the “perfect” world, that was not the case for Bernard. Even with a high ranking, reputable status and the affection of Lenina, Bernard was still unhappy. Now famous for introducing the World State to savages, Bernard is looked upon greater than before. His character began as sad and pitiful, over the course of the story we discover Bernard’s hidden desire in his pursuit of happiness. In the end, Bernard’s gain for fame made him feel humanly important and meaningful.

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