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Sketch Helmoholtz character. Give examples. 

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daliab | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted May 29, 2010 at 11:01 PM via web

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Sketch Helmoholtz character. Give examples. 

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lp4l | Student | eNoter

Posted May 29, 2010 at 11:49 PM (Answer #1)

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Helmholtz Watson is not as fully developed as some of the other characters, acting instead as a foil for Bernard and John. For Bernard, Helmholtz is everything Bernard wishes he could be: strong, intelligent, and attractive. As such a figure of strength, Helmholtz is very comfortable in his caste. Unlike Bernard, he is well liked and respected. Though he and Bernard share a dislike of the World State, Helmholtz condemns it for radically different reasons. Bernard dislikes the State because he is too weak to fit the social position he has been assigned; Helmholtz because he is too strong. Helmholtz can see and feel how the shallow culture in which he lives is stifling him. Helmholtz is also a foil for John, but in a different way. Helmholtz and John are very similar in spirit; both love poetry, and both are intelligent and critical of the World State. But there is an enormous cultural gap between them. Even when Helmholtz sees the genius in Shakespeare’s poetry, he cannot help but laugh at the mention of mothers, fathers, and marriage—concepts that are vulgar and ridiculous in the World State. The conversations between Helmholtz and John illustrate that even the most reflective and intelligent World State member is defined by the culture in which he has been raised.
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unique254 | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted May 30, 2010 at 4:09 PM (Answer #2)

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An Alpha lecturer at the College of Emotional Engineering, Helmholtz is a prime example of his caste, but feels that his work is empty and meaningless and would like to use his writing abilities for something more meaningful. He and Bernard are friends because they find common ground in their discontent with the World State, but Helmholtzs criticisms of the World State are more philosophical and intellectual than Bernards more petty complaints. As a result, Helmholtz often finds Bernards boastfulness and cowardice tedious. He was a friend and confidant of Bernard Marx and John the Savage. He was admired Shakespeare for his prowess in that field. He had ideas that were similar to Johns and was exiled because of them, but to him they were only theory and he never acted upon his ideas of solitude, etc.

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