Explain what the following quote tells us about Bernard's character.    Explain what the quotations given below show us about each character. Then, in the spaces labeled �Additional Quotation,...

Explain what the following quote tells us about Bernard's character.

 

 

Explain what the quotations given below show us about each character. Then, in the spaces labeled �Additional Quotation, �find a second passage in the novel that supports the same conclusion about the character. Indicate the second passage by the page numbers and first sentence.

 

Bernard

 

  1. Bernard says to Lenina, �Yes, I know, �Even Epsilons are useful�! So am I. And I damned well wish I weren�t!� (p. 60)

 

 

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Bernard Marx is something of a malcontent in the society in which he lives.  He has something that went wrong with him (it seems) in his process of being "bottled."  Therefore, he is a little too small and too dark.  This makes him unhappy and his unhappiness shows up in this quote.

In this society, everyone should be happy to be useful and to be in their proper place.  But Bernard is not.  He is willing to say something as radical as that he wishes he wasn't useful.

However, he is just a whiner, really, and I think you can see that in this quote.  He doesn't do anything to be less useful -- he just wishes he were.

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