Compare and contrast Bernard and Lenina’s personalities. Do they have differing desires and hopes for their lives? What drives them? What do they think about themselves, their lives?

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Bernard Marx and Lenina Crowne are almost complete opposites in every respect. Bernard is a thinking man, an intellectual who's come to realize the true, sickening nature of the dystopian society in which he lives. Unlike those around him, he's able to distinguish between true feelings—the feelings of the heart—and those implanted in people's brains by the state's systematic process of brainwashing. Bernard has a high regard for the innate dignity of each human being, which explains, for example, why he's so upset to overhear a group of men talking about a woman as if she were nothing but a piece of meat.

Lenina has a completely different attitude to life. She's the ultimate conformist,...

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