Many people in today’s society are willing to spend their very last dollar to fit in and keep up with society standards. There’s a long list of things people go out their way to obtain from Shoes, Electronics ,etc. Everybody wants to be like somebody they admire forgetting about their own individuality and instead of trying to stand out they rather fit in.”Brave New World,” by Aldous Huxley is based on a society that was designed by man to be perfect. The people that resided in that community was programmed to in caste system from birth, everybody just abide by what they had to do not being being able to be their true selves.Bernard who was apart of that society felt like their was more to life and wanted to be his true self.
Bernard is a young alpha male who feels like an out caste among his peers because of his size being shorter than the average alpha’s. He wants to fit in an feel like a regular Alpha but his insecurity wont let him. Unlike the others that lived in that community Bernard was one few people that thought for them self ,questioning certain things that wasn’t suppose to be questioned. When people had a bad day or felt unhappy they took a drug called “soma” which was supposed to make them happy, but even with the use of soma Bernard problems still wasn’t fixed. One day in the men’s changing room Bernard over heard two guys talking about Lenina which got him angry because he likes her. In this society everyone was thought that “everyone belongs to everyone else” (pg40) ,so having emotion which leads to attachment wasn’t allowed to keep the community stable “Ending is better than mending (pg47). Relationships was forbidden they wanted everyone to be sexually open to all so that way feelings, thought of two people coming together to start a family would exist.
Bernard sent a letter to the director for approval to visit the reservation in Mexico. The director didn’t approve then proceeded by telling Bernard about his experience there years ago, but told him if he do decide to go bring a female along with him. Bernard decided to take Lenina with him, Shortly after their arrival Lenina realized that she forgot her soma. Lenina was disgusted by the environment and what she seen ” he’s so old “,she said after seeing an old man from the camp.The place where Lenina and Bernard came from they didn’t see any old folks, the thought of growing old and having to die didn’t exist to keep everyone happy. Bernard and Lenina came across a young man name John, he was different from the others in appearance and was seen as an out caste in that community. John was the only one besides his mom who we were later introduced to who spoken English on the camp. John wanted to be whipped at a ceremony the Indians was performing to prove that he’s a man. John faced the same problem Bernard faced both feeling like outsiders who had to find a way to fit in. John then told the two that his mother Linda wasn’t from the camp and that she had came with his father when she got lost and was rescued by the villagers from the camp. This information alarmed Bernard finding it very similar to the story the director told him. John then took the two back to house to meet his mother.
Linda was originally from the central London hatcheries where Bernard and Lenina resided, she felt rescued when the two arrived. Bernard and Lenina decided to take the two back to Central London. When they arrived back Linda quickly recognized the director known as Thomakin. John then calls out to Thomakin “father” , the director was humiliated by everyone laughing because the thought of having a family didn’t exist. Linda, John and Thomakin were the closest to what would be considered a family. John was hoping that this “Brave New World” will have place where could fit in and be himself. John doesn’t like the new world that much his mom is already in the hospital from a soma overdose. Since their return from the reservation in Mexico Bernard started to get more notice from his peers he finally felt like he was fitting in, but when john doesn’t want to be apart of Bernard skim that pisses Bernard of. John went to visit his mother in the hospital she later died. John was in rage “How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world.”(pg210) ,he yelled. John went on to tell them that soma is poison and that their slaves. A brawl then broke out between john and the group of Delta’s how could he dear disrespect soma. Helmholtz an Alpha who came across John previously found out that they both love “shakes spear” intervened to help john in the brawl while Bernard stood there not knowing what to do.
Lenina still wants to fulfill her dream of sleeping with john, but john believes that a woman should belong to one man and fall in love the total opposite of what Lenina and the others believed. She once made sexual advancements towards him, John pushed her away ” damn whore, a strumpet” (pg194). John , Helmholtz and Bernard were held accountable for the brawl and a form of punish will be relocation. John went to talk to Mustafa Mond one of the world leaders, their main discussion was based on religion. John asked Mond “it is natural to feel the existence of God”(pg218), people believe what they are programmed to believe. John that doesn’t want to live in a perfect society he wants ” God, poetry, real danger, freedom, goodness, and sin,” (pg224) those things lead to unhappiness, said Mond.
Both John and Bernard wanted to own their individuality, while being able to fit in their society. Bernard had a hard time fitting in because of his size , he wanted to fit in and feel like a regular Alpha male. When he returned from Mexico he didn’t fully own his individuality but he was will able to fit with John by his side. John owns his individuality he wants to able to grow old and have a family , praise God, etc. Even though john knew what he wanted he wasn’t able to fit in the World State Society because their lack of individuality. This leaves with the question is it best to fit in or be your own individual?.