In Brave New World, how are Bernard and John similar? How are they different?

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John the savage is ridiculed by the larger new world population for his beliefs with regards to issues such as monogamy. On the other hand, Bernard is ridiculed about his beliefs with regards to issues such as love and sex. Basically, the two individuals are rebels who don’t fit within...

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John the savage is ridiculed by the larger new world population for his beliefs with regards to issues such as monogamy. On the other hand, Bernard is ridiculed about his beliefs with regards to issues such as love and sex. Basically, the two individuals are rebels who don’t fit within the framework of the larger society.

Bernard does not fit in because his physical features do not match those of other alphas considered to be in the same class. This likely turns him into an introvert who is not accorded similar opportunities like his peers. It is only until he comes back with John that he finds a new sense of superiority and begins to participate in activities he once criticized.

The Indians do not allow John to take part in their ritual because he is regarded as an outsider. His parents are both members of the new world, and this alienates him from the savage society. The savages do not consider him as a member of their society despite his birth on the reservation.

Their glaring difference is that John pursues the truth about the different societies while Bernard is a hypocrite who enjoys activities which he once criticized. John does not need to belong, but Bernard secretly yearns to fit in.

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Bernard and John are similar in that they are both outsiders in their own societies. Bernard does not feel that he fits into the society of the World State because he is smaller than the other alphas. He also enjoys nature and being alone, making him different from all the other society members. He is made fun of by the other Alphas and Betas, and one of the only reasons Lenina will go out with him is that his differences intrigue her. John, also, does not fit into his society. He is raised by his mother on the Savage Reservation, yet he doesn't fit into either his mother's society or the Reservation. He is made fun of by the other savages.

These two characters differ in that Bernard desperately wants to fit into the society, but John does not want to become a part of either society.

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