Bernard Marx In Brave New World

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The character in this novel who most exemplifies the archetype of an outcast is Bernard Marx. His alienation and subsequent exile from his peer group is notably different from the struggles of the other characters because it is a result of his own doing. Unlike his namesake Karl Marx, his discontent with the world state is a direct consequence of his own self hatred, rather than a deeper philosophical understanding of the injustice taking place around him. Not only does his crippling insecurity exile him from those around him, it adversely affects both his actions and his personality. The eventual undoing of Bernard as he falls victim to his internal loathing epitomizes the theme of loneliness that recurs within A Brave New World.
When the reader is first introduced to Bernard Marx, it becomes glaringly obvious that he is not the heroic protagonist that john will be later in the novel. However, what makes his character compelling is the fact that he embodies human emotions that everyone experiences. Rage, jealousy, tension, the very feelings that make Bernard such a relatable persona are responsible for his exile and alienation from society. In chapter four part 2, Huxley states that Bernard is 8 centimeters shorter than the average Alpha and is skinnier as well. Bernard views his physical differences as inadequacy and hates
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The government in Brave New World maintains control by making citizens ultimately fulfilled to the point where personal freedom is not cared about. There are severe consequences to the state control such as loss of morals, values, and overall, humanity. The strict rules in this society such as dictating how people look and dress decreases individuality. This decrease in individuality leads to people who would otherwise find their place in the world. A prime example of this would be Marx and how he was not able to conform to their