In Brave New World, why does Bernard go to the reservation?

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Neither Bernard nor the narrator directly explain why he wants to travel to the Savage Reservation. However, the text does give us clues.

Bernard is a highly intelligent Alpha-plus who is a dissatisfied misfit in his own society. In fact, Lenina is shaken when he wants to do things with...

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Neither Bernard nor the narrator directly explain why he wants to travel to the Savage Reservation. However, the text does give us clues.

Bernard is a highly intelligent Alpha-plus who is a dissatisfied misfit in his own society. In fact, Lenina is shaken when he wants to do things with her like go to the Lake District to walk and talk by themselves. She is so shaken by his oddness that she almost decides to go to the North Pole with another boyfriend.

Because he is so different and so intelligent, we can easily imagine a person like Bernard having a strong desire to see how people in another culture live. As an Alpha-plus, he is one of the few who are allowed to do so.

Further, when he realizes that his director is angry that he has persmission to go to the Savage Reservation, Bernard feels good, We find that he is

elated by the intoxicating consciousness of his individual significance and importance. Even the thought of persecution left him undismayed, was rather tonic than depressing.

In other words, unlike other people in his culture, who have been conditioned to desire conformity more than anything else, Bernard enjoys the idea of standing out as a unique individual.

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There are several reasons as to why Bernard chose to go to the Savage Reservation. As an Alpha-Plus psychologist, Bernard is one of the few people in the World State who is given a permit to visit the Reservation. Bernard desperately wishes to impress Lenina and believes that he can do so by taking her to the Savage Reservation, where he will also have some privacy and alone time with her. Bernard also needs a respite from the completely comfortable, organized society of the World State. Bernard is depicted as a lonely, rather odd individual, who feels like an outcast and views the Savage Reservation as a refreshing, new experience. In regards to the plot of the story, it is necessary that Bernard visit the Savage Reservation for John to be introduced. During his visit, Bernard realizes that John is the Director's biological son and brings him back to the World State, where he avoids being exiled and becomes a popular individual because of his access to the fascinating Savage.

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I suspect there are two reasons for this.  One is Bernards need to be something and to impress Lenina.  The trip gets him some time alone with her, a chance to impress her.  But I don't think that's the most important thing.  The Savage and all he stands for needs to be brought into the story; for that to happen, we have to get to the reservation.  Sending Bernard there solves two purposes --- it adds to the sense of Bernard's frailty and need, and it advances the plot.  

When Bernard gets back, he is a hero for a while ... he gets some of the attention that he craves, but this is just a setup.  It helps make him stand out, and his fate reminds us what happens when "the individual feels."

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Bernard goes to the reservation for "a vacation". Because Bernard is so different from other in the Brave New World, he is attracted to the idea that the reservation will also be different. He has just be scolded by the Director for his lack of "infantile decorum". In essence, Bernard is criticized for being too mature. The reservation is especially attractive to Bernard because the "decorum" will be different than that found in the Brave New World.

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