Lenina and Bernard
Pg 73 “Walking and talking – that seemed a
very odd way of spending an afternoon”
All castes do everything as a group however,
Bernard is an individual and would rather spend
time doing something he wants and in his own
time than following the crowd, for example, he
would rather look at the view of the moon and
stars in a peaceful and tranquil environment
than watch women‟s wrestling. Lenina does not
appreciate nature as it is not one of society‟s
rules and she would rather have sex.
Pg 74/75 “it makes me feel as though . . . as
though I were more me, if you see what I mean.
More on my own, not so completely a part of
something else. Not just a cell in a social body . .
. But Lenina was crying.”
This shows that Bernard is different from
everybody in society and is disobedient of
society‟s rules. People from his caste see him as
a rude person because of this. Lenina cannot
bear to hear that he wants to his own person and
be different from everyone else. She wants
Bernard to be like everyone else because this is
how she sees everyone else in society.
Pg 75/76 “more together here – with nothing
but the sea and moon. More together than in a
crowd, or even in my rooms. Don‟t you
understand that? . . . why don‟t you take soma
when you have all these dreadful ideas of yours.
You‟d forget all about them”
Lenina is scared of who the real Bernard is, an
individual, she does not understand that he feels
this way and does not like to part of the social
body. She thinks that soma is the answer to
everyone‟s problems because it will make them
Pg 77 “Ignoring the interruption . . . And
that‟s why we went to bed together yesterday –
like infants – instead of being adults and waiting.
But it was fun? Wasn‟t it?”
This shows how Lenina and Bernard are
completely different. Lenina always abides by
society‟s rules. She does not think outside the
box, she has no thought of what she is doing and
what other people might think – she just thinks
that everyone follows by these rules and the
conditionings they are given.
Lenina and Henry
Pg 51 “Henry Foster had had his machine
wheeled out of its lock-up and, when Lenina
arrived, was already seated in the cockpit,
waiting. Four minutes late, was all his comment,
as she climbed in beside him”
This is the stereotypical relationship in this
society; all relationships are similar to this one.
It is a mechanical, working relationship with no
emotional contact, they just use each other. They
do not know what “love” is.
Bernard and Helmholtz Watson
Pg 59 “Poor little Bernard”
Helmholtz goes about things in a different way
from Bernard event though they both want to be
an individual. Helmholtz takes pride in his
society and who he stands for and he wishes that
Bernard would do the same.
Pg 56 “What the two men shared was the
knowledge that they were individuals.”
This shows how Bernard and Helmholtz are
different from everyone else in society and do not
follow society‟s rules as strictly as everybody
Pg 57 “Bernard hypocritically agreed,
wishing, as he spoke the words, that he could
have as many girls as Helmhotlz did, and with as
little trouble. He was seized with a sudden urgent
need to boast.”
Because Bernard and Helmhotlz both want to be
individual, they both aren‟t interested in having
sex or being on soma-holidays. Bernard however
feels as though he is competing against
Helmhotlz as he is popular whereas Bernard as
looked upon as a burden on society.
Lenina and John
Pg 119 “Did he dare? Dare to profane with his
unworthiest hand that…no he didn‟t. The bird
was too dangerous. His hand dropped back. How
beautiful she was! How beautiful!”
This shows how John knows he is an outsider
and should not go anywhere near Lenina because
she is from the New World and he is a savage
and these people are never associated with one
Bernard‟s Professional Relationship‟s
Pg 73 “Some men are almost rhinoceroses:
they don‟t respond properly to conditioning.
Poor devils! Bernard‟s one of them. Luckily for
him, he‟s pretty good at his job. Otherwise the
director would never have kept him.”
This shows Bernard is not well liked in society
however he does his job well so that is the only
reason he has not been banished to Iceland.
Pg 122 “‟Marx, can you show any reason why I
should not now execute the judgement passed
upon you?‟ „Yes I can,‟ Bernard answered in a
very loud voice.”
This shows that Bernard becoming more
confident and by introducing John and Linda to
his society, he now has something over the
Director. Therefore, he can not lose his job and
he knows he is in a safe position despite being an